Later News Oct 30

Solskjaer vows to fight back, but admits no reassurances over future from Manchester United board


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will continue fighting for his job, even as speculation over his future at the club continues to grow.

 

This news will come as welcome news to United’s rival fans, who have banded together in solidarity to show their support for the beleaguered Norwegian. United fans have gone surprisingly quiet this past week, with many of them believed to be in hiding for fear of running into their Liverpool counterparts.

 

Solskjaer faced arguably the biggest crisis of his managerial career last weekend, when he guided the Red Devils to a 5-0 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool.

 

WATCH: Solskjaer reflects on a difficult week at United

 

It is understood that the United hierarchy considered firing Solskjaer in the aftermath of the debacle, but ultimately decided to stick with the club legend for a few more games.

 

With United set to take on Tottenham Hotspur early tomorrow morning (SGT), Solskjaer knows that he must secure a victory over an equally troubled Spurs side to have any chance of rewarding rival fans for their unwavering support.

 

“It's been a difficult week of course, we've had to deal with the result and performance against Liverpool,” said Solskjaer. “That's something footballers have to deal with, and we have to look forward to the next game and make sure we are ready for that game. We've had a good week on the training field.

 

“We need a reaction; it is my job to put the players in the right frame of mind. We've worked on the pitch, on everything that needs to be sorted for a footballer, that is strategy, game plan, tactics.

 

“I feel that the boys are ready to give the best, as they always do. In the performance, nothing went to plan, and it was nowhere near our best.”

 

Solskjaer, however, admitted that the United board had given him no assurances over his job at the club. He elaborated: “I've had communication with the board and I don't expect them to come and give me assurances. 

 

“When you have a performance [against Liverpool] and a spell like we've had, my job is to put things right and that's what I'm trying to do. I'm not here to ask for assurances.”

 

WATCH: Solskjaer label Liverpool defeat "rock bottom"

 

Solskjaer added that he would “fight back” from this latest crisis, as he said: “I've been through some very bad moments here as a player, when I've been a coach and a manager as well. I've had to deal with setbacks.

 

“There have been two or three crises, at least, since I became the manager here. One thing I can say is, I'll always give it a good shot and fight back.”

 

Far be it for us to point out that it’s not exactly a great reflection of one’s career if they constantly find themselves battling crisis after crisis, but if such an approach works for Solskjaer, then who are we to argue?

 

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