‘We have given ourselves a tough task of making the top six’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United will do well to finish in the top six this season after Newcastle defeat
- Manchester United suffered another humiliating defeat at Newcastle United
- This loss is the third defeat of United’s season as pressure continues to grow
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted it will take time to turn the form around
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United will be doing well to make the top six this season after slumping to another uninspiring defeat at Newcastle.
The Norwegian felt moved to apologise to the club’s travelling fans after their winless run on the road extended to 11 matches.
With this eight-game start ranking as United’s worst in 30 years and leaving them 12th in the Premier League, Solskjaer said: ‘This game is very symptomatic of where we are. We don’t create enough chances to deserve to win a game of football.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it will take time to turn their form around
United suffered yet another humiliating defeat on Sunday, losing 1-0 to Newcastle United
‘I’ve got to say sorry to the fans because we’re not winning games, but that’s down to us starting a rebuild.
‘It will take however long it will have to take. It’s a journey we’ve started on and the culture is getting there. I can’t give you any time but we’re getting there.
‘This is not a similar situation to Everton last year when I felt people had given up, these boys give everything for the shirt.
‘But confidence is a big thing in players. It’s only results and performances that will give you confidence. When there is a decision to be made they don’t do it instinctively. That has affected us.
‘Now we have given ourselves a tough task of making the top six, never mind the top four. We need results straight away to get momentum.
‘But we need to clear our head and get ready for Liverpool. This is the perfect timing for an international break.’
United return to the visit of the league leaders in a fortnight’s time but, on this evidence, there is little chance of denying them an 18th straight victory, which would equal an all-time record.
Goalkeeper David de Gea appears to have little confidence in those charged with scoring goals at the opposite end of the park.
‘This is the most difficult time since I’ve been here,’ said the Spaniard. ‘We can’t even score just one goal in two games.
David de Gea later said that this is his most trying time as a United player
Solskjaer and United play Liverpool at Old Trafford in their next Premier League game
‘I don’t know why, what is happening. Sorry to the fans. We will keep fighting. But come on, we conceded a goal from our corner. That cannot happen. It’s unacceptable. Not just this game, but the whole season has not been good.’
Newcastle’s winning goal came during a spell of visiting pressure but, in truth, United had deserved nothing from the game.
‘The first half performance was such a disappointment, I couldn’t see that coming before the game,’ added Solskjaer.
‘It was like a hot potato, the ball was bouncing off our feet. The second half was better but you could still see a couple of counter attacks coming even before the goal.