Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is apparently not entertaining questions that seeks to know if he is capable of leading Manchester United on a mission against it rivals. The United manager who received his managerial confirmation recently said on Tuesday that he is the right man to take the club forward despite the major loss of form that has left them in danger of possibly missing out on a place in next season’s Champions League.
Following a super-performance at the beginning of Solskjaer career as United caretaker manager following Jose Mourinho’s sacking, Solskjaer has witnessed Man United go through a ridiculous losses of up to six of a total of eight matches in all games.
Notions now are that United may have acted too fast in pronouncing the manager’s appointed as permanent last month. Solskjaer have revealed that the pronunciation of his position is not the case.
“Well I would like to say yes but it’s not down to me to say that. I’m confident in my team and myself. I’ll be ready to take this challenge on. I know it’s a big challenge and that’s why, when I came in here, I said I’m going to enjoy every single second. I don’t like losing but it’s a challenge all the managers at this club have had. When you go through bad results, you’ve got to be confident enough to say this is the way we’re going to do it and plan ahead,” he said.
Most people think Solskjaer’s lack of managerial experience at the very highest level of the game, especially in the transfer market, gave raised to the questions over his suitability to pull Man United to the top again.
But the United boss isn’t commenting on that as his coaching and recruitment abilities make him the right man for that task, saying: “I would like to think so, yes. I like all these boys, I love them because they’re great lads. But I’ve got to make decisions and manage for the club. I’m managing the club and helping the players but I manage for the club.”
Solskjaer’s would face even more difficult task as he prepares for a derby meeting against treble-chasing Manchester City looming for his side at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The Man United boss said he had a round table meeting with every member of his team after the debacle at Goodison Park, a result which shows United leaking 48 goals, the club’s worst defensive record in a league season in the past 40 years.
Solskjaer said. “That ”the derby” is the best game we could ask for, with the players hurt as they definitely were. We had a meeting after the game and all the players were definitely, definitely disappointed but really, really hurt by that performance and the City game is the perfect one.
“There is no hiding place on the pitch and the fans will back you if you give that effort. We’ve got to be ready for the press, for their pressing, so we’ve got to defend well, got to be ready for their aggression, they will snap at your heels and kick you, there will be fouls, absolutely no doubt about it and when you watch those games they commit so many players forward.”
Following the Everton loss, the United manager sounded a warning that many of his players who have not been performing very well will not survive at United, but refused to mention who exactly when he was pressed 48 hours later.
“Of course, you learn about players and now is not the time to talk about making wholesale changes in a squad that’s been doing so great, only City and Liverpool have taken more points than us in the last 18 games and that’s it. We were where we were when we came in, really gave it a go, and you can see loads of Man United standards, the DNA in these players. You have to get players in and some players will go out.” Solskjaer said.