The manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he is not living on borrowed time at the club despite inconsistent results.
On Saturday, November 6, Manchester City visited Old Trafford to play against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his boys. Unfortunately for the Norwegian tactician, coach Pep Guardiola and his boys defeated United in all aspects of the game.
Own goal from United’s Eric Bailly in the 7th minute and Bernardo Silva’s 45th-minute strike was all Manchester City needed to leave Old Trafford with the maximum three points.
Aside from the two goals, Pep Guardiola and his boys dominated the game as they made 832 passes against United’s 400 passes. Hence, City enjoyed 68 percent of the ball possession while United made do with 32 percent.
Also, Manchester City recorded 16 shots, 5 of which were on target. While Manchester United managed to record just 5 shots, one of which was on target despite having Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch for 90 minutes.
The 2-0 defeat left Manchester United on the 5th spot on the league table pending the outcome of other weekend games. While the win has pushed Manchester City to the second spot, just three points away from first-placed Chelsea.
Even though the defeat has increased the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who most Manchester United fans want to be sacked, the Norwegian tactician is confident that he and United’s board are maintaining “good communication” about the inconsistency of his team.
Recall that Manchester United have recorded 4 defeats and 2 draws in 11 Premier League games so far this season. Liverpool slammed United with their worst home defeat on October 24. Since the 5-0 defeat, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s critics believe that the coach is living on borrowed time at United.
“No, I don’t start to feel like that”, Solskjaer said when Sky Sports asked him if he feels he is living on borrowed time at Old Trafford.
“I have good communication all the time with the club that’s very up-front and honest about the situation…
“I’m sure when we come back the players will be fresh in their minds from internationals, and of course the demands on the players, on me are going to be high.
“We’ve just got to get back to what we started to look like and what we were for a while. We’ve got the players to do that.
“We’ve been through this a few times. Since the last game we played here [Liverpool defeat], it’s been a very difficult period and we’ve gone away from what we used to be.
“We need to be on the front foot more, I can’t look at myself and say this is the way I want Manchester United to play.”
After the November international break, Manchester United will resume their Premier League campaign against Watford on November 20. After the game, they will travel to Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea on November 28.