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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts he is under pressure as Man Utd enter crucial run – Mirror Online

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts he is under pressure as Man Utd enter crucial run – Mirror Online

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted all the pressure should be on him as he begins a run of games that will decide his Manchester United fate.

United, who face seven games in 21 days, have endured a nightmare start to the season, with two defeats in their first three Premier League games leaving them down in 16th place.

The 6-1 mauling at home to Tottenham was their biggest defeat for nine years, while talk of players losing faith in Solskjaer and skipper Harry Maguire’s alarming loss of form have added to the sense of crisis at United.

“The spotlight should be on me, because I’m the manager and I’m responsible,” said Solskjaer.

“Last season was also hard, we played nine games and only won first of the two nine games, which was difficult.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows pressure is on him to deliver results
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows pressure is on him to deliver results
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“But if you’re part of Manchester United as a player or staff, you’re used to this and you have to be mentally strong. For me, this period is another chance to prove that.

“It’s about being focused for the next game, because I know they’re capable of getting results and moving up the table.”

Despite Solskajer’s positive spin, United’s upcoming fixtures are brutal, particularly for a team bereft of form and confidence, one which has shipped 11 goals in the last three league games.

After today’s trip to Newcastle, United go to Paris St Germain, then host Chelsea, RB Leipzig and Arsenal, before going to Turkish champs Istanbul Basaksehir and top-of-the-table Everton.

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With a curtailed pre-season due to their progress in Europe last term, United are well short of where they should be, mentally and physically, but there is no respite from the fixture demands.

“Now the players have had some internationals and we’re getting that fitness back, now it’s about creating that energy in every game.”

Bruno Fernandes was forced to deny a rift and dressing-room bust-up with Solskjaer after he was subbed at half-time during the drubbing by Spurs.

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Solskjaer played down reports of a rift with Fernandes
Solskjaer played down reports of a rift with Fernandes
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Solskjaer tried to create a siege mentality among his players by claiming: “We know, any little chance from outside, people want to create division,” said Solskjaer.

“Bruno spoke really well about it the other day – we’re united and have to stay together, we can’t listen to everyone outside.

“Bruno has lost two league games since he came here back in February. It’s been two in quick succession, but he’s not used to losing league games.

“Welcome to Manchester United, Bruno, this is what happens. You’re everyone’s favourite target if something goes wrong.”

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