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Solskjaer: I don’t need assurances over my Man United future

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United, Premier League, Gary Neville
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s focus is on carrying out his long-term plan at Manchester United rather than seeking out assurances over his future.

The pressure is on Solskjaer at Old Trafford following United’s worst start to a league campaign in 30 years. So far, they’re down in 12th-place in the Premier League standings and already 15 points off leaders Liverpool.

Unsurprisingly, it’s led to doubts over Solskjaer’s future given the club’s struggles under his leadership.

Reports have, in fact, recently linked former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri to United. The Italian even stirred up the rumours this week by confessing that he’s begun taking some English lessons.

But the under-fire Solskjaer remains cool on the situation given that he’s got a three-year deal in his pocket.

“All the talks I’ve had with the owners, with Ed Woodward and the club have been about me having a three-year contract,” he told Gary Neville in a Sky Sports interview.

“We’re planning long-term. I’ve been given the job and if you lose a game or two, you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances.

“But we started out with a plan and a recruitment plan is in place. I’m 100 per cent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it is always the manager who has the final say.”

The Norwegian has only collected five wins, seven draws and nine defeats in his 21 games since becoming Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor in March.

Although a victory against the unbeaten Liverpool on Sunday, who have won all eight of their league games compared to United’s two, could give the Red Devils a timely boost heading into the winter period.

“I don’t like losing games – you know me,” said Solskjaer.

“But I also know that this club will get back. After the two bad defeats away from home at West Ham and Newcastle, we haven’t won away from home for a while. It does play on your mind, but it doesn’t make me lose my sleep.

“You look forward to the next one. I’m an optimist, and I’d rather be an optimist and be proved wrong than a pessimist and be right. I always look at the next game as a chance.

“The Liverpool game is a great chance for us to go the other way.

“It’s in my nature to think of the best-case scenario. I know the fans and the players will be up for it. We’ve had some great sessions here and I know we’ll be prepared. The players will give absolutely everything, and let’s see where it takes us.”

The United and Liverpool game takes places at Old Trafford on Sunday, with kick-off set for 17:30 (CET).

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United speaks to Mike Phelan, Manchester United assistant manager as Michael Carrick, Manchester United coach looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on January 2, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)