Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to ‘borrowed time’ question after Man City loss
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken out after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were outplayed by Pep Guardiola’s team on their own turf. And they could find soon find themselves 11 points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
Manchester United went into the game against City with some momentum after recent positive results against Tottenham and Atalanta.
However, the Red Devils were poor again with Eric Bailly’s own goal setting the tone for what was to follow.
The Ivory Coast international sliced into his own net in the seventh minute, with the ball looping over David De Gea in the process.
And City doubled their lead just before the interval through Bernardo Silva, who poked the ball past De Gea after Luke Shaw had allowed it to bounce.
It was another dark day at the office for United, who could soon find themselves 11 points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
And Solskjaer has now spoken out after the game.
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When asked if he was on borrowed time, the 48-year-old bullishly said: “I have good communication with the club.
“I want the best for United and as long as I’m here I want to do everything I can to improve this.”
Solskjaer thinks United weren’t at their best against City but has vowed to do all he can to turn their poor form around.
“Very difficult to talk about because we started off badly, passive and when they got the first goal it was always going to be difficult,” he said.
“David kept us in the game and they scored a goal they always score. They played well and they don’t give you opportunities so some praise has to go to them but we were not at our level.
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“I think the whole place went a little bit, of course you get disappointed but we still don’t trust ourselves with the ball.
“They made it hard for us but sometimes we chose the wrong solution, sometimes the right solution but not the right execution.
“You want to make it a derby game with tackles and 1-0 going into half time you think you have a chance but the second goal was worse than the 1000 passes.
“At the moment we are (far off top teams) we need to get back to where we were at the end of last season.
“I’m sure when we come back the players will be fresh and the demands will be high but we need to get back to what we were for a while and we have the players to do that.
“We’ve been through this a few times and since the last home game it’s been a very difficult period. Systems or style we need to be on the front foot more. I can’t look at myself and say this is how I want United to be.”
Guardiola, meanwhile, was delighted at the way City performed.
“The City Blues, we know how important it is,” he said.
“Here at Old Trafford always a good performance in general since we are together, We have won many times, much more than at any other stadium. Solid performance, good game and deserved victory. Three more points.
“You have to put the ball in the fridge. A lot of passes, a lot of passes. Except 10 minutes in the middle when I thought we lose stupid ball, really good.
“The move is the ball, everyone has to be in their position. When you move much, not good. The ball comes where we are.”
And, on if his side should have scored more, the Spaniard added: “It is OK. I am so demanding, we are so demanding for ourselves but I am very pleased. This is the game we needed.
“They [Manchester United] are so dangerous. That is why we had a game with a lot of control. If you let them run at Old Trafford it is a little bit like Anfield. They are built for that.
“We played the game we needed today. You have to play quick, to move the ball and do the touches every player need but also try to put the ball in the pocket.
“The game was 2-0 and everything was comfortable. I felt didn’t need to change.
“Three games now 27 left. We dropped points at home. Right now Chelsea are unstoppable. We know we cannot drop much points to be close to them but against the big six we performed well.
“The most important is we came to Old Trafford and can say these guys played good. This is what I am happy the most after six years here. We tried to play our game.”
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