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After Manchester United were humiliated by both Liverpool and Manchester City on their own turf before the national team break, speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s future has increased in strength.
– Of course I have been in contact and communicated with the club, as we always do. It has been a long national team break, but it is one we feel we have used to our advantage. It has been a good response from the players after they returned and we are ready for the Watford match, Solskjær said at Friday’s press conference.
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Several British media have reported that Brendan Rodgers is the favorite to take over the managerial job at Old Trafford. The Leicester boss himself rejected this at Thursday’s press conference.
– First and foremost, it is disrespectful of you to ask the question when there is another manager there, a good manager and a good man. Secondly, I can not comment because it is nothing. “I’m proud to be here in Leicester City,” said Rodgers.
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Solskjær is at least aware that he and the rest of the club stand together.
– The players, the support staff, myself and the club are working towards a goal and that is for the team to improve to get better results. The supporters still support the team and the club. They have been through this period and they have supported the team through the reconstruction. When you lose a match you are always disappointed and under pressure. We have communicated well and openly, as we always do. There is one match now that matters, but it also applies to what happens after that. We have all adjusted, the training week has been very good and we are ready for Saturday, he says to TV 2.
Together with several of the players, Solskjær left Manchester after the defeat against Manchester City. The 48-year-old, who spent a few days at home in Norway, thinks it is something that will benefit the team.
– They love to play football and they love to win. When we left each other 12-13 days ago, no one was happy. But then there are new matches and now they are ready. They have been very determined and focused this week. We have worked on some things we know we need to improve and hopefully we will see it against Watford, says Solskjær and adds:
– The national team break was a good time to adjust. Some players have stayed here, while others have been allowed to go home, but all have been in contact with the support staff. The support staff has worked very hard to get everyone ready. We have rectified a number of things and we have prioritized what we need to improve the most. I’m sure we’ll see a reaction and a good performance from the team.
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On Saturday, he will take his team to London for a very important match against Watford. There, the Red Devils desperately need a boost, after four losses in the last six league games.
– We know that we have put ourselves under pressure with the bad form, and we should enjoy that pressure. It should be something that makes us a better team and that leads to all the players performing at their best level. It is a battle we must enjoy. We lost to Leicester away, but the away record we had before is something we have to take confidence from. We have three away games now, with Watford first and that is the one we are focusing on. It is a very big match, like all Premier League matches.
For the tough fights come close as hail for Solskjær’s men. Already on Tuesday, Villarreal are waiting in Spain, before Chelsea away and Arsenal at home are the next two matches on the calendar.
– We have been through periods like this before. The away form should give us confidence. We have played over 30 and lost one. This week we have worked on a number of things and prioritized a number of things we need to improve. The form and performance have not been good, but we know we can and should do better. We think we will do better. It’s about the performance of the day. Sometimes it’s a pole out, other times it’s a pole in, and it can change the mood and atmosphere, the Manchester United manager concludes.