Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down suggestions he will step down from his role after Sunday’s 5-0 defeat by Liverpool in the English Premier League.
Egyptian Mohamed Salah became the first Premier League player to score an away hat-trick at Old Trafford after setting Naby Keita up for the opener, with Diogo Jota making it 2-0 inside 13 minutes as United slumped to their heaviest-ever home defeat in this fixture.
Manchester United have lost three and drawn one of their last four Premier League fixtures, slipping to seventh in the table – eight points behind league leaders Chelsea after nine games.
However, Solskjaer remains confident in his position and in his ability to bring glory back to United, but accepted responsibility for the result.
“I have heard nothing else [other than having the backing of the board],” Solskjaer said in the news conference. I am still thinking about tomorrow’s work. Of course, they are all low.”
“I have never felt any worse than this. This is the lowest I have been. I accept the responsibility. That is mine today and it is mine going forward.”
“It is the worst feeling. The feeling that we are getting to where we want to be has been there. Last few weeks we have hit a brick wall. We have conceded too many easy goals. That is a concern. This is the lowest I have been. I accept the responsibility. That is mine today.”
And that brings doubt in anyone’s mind, probably. But I’ve got to keep strong and I do believe in what we’ve been doing.”
“I do believe in myself. “I do believe that I`m getting close to what I want with the club. I think what we`ve done, what I`ve seen, the development. Of course, the results lately haven’t been good enough, I have to say, and that’s hands up.”
Solskjaer has also overseen two of United’s five heaviest defeats in the Premier League, Sunday’s game (which was United’s joint-worst home loss in terms of the margin of defeat) and last season’s 6-1 loss to Tottenham.