Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure to get results at Man Utd but the club’s fans have made their opinion on him clear ahead of their Champions League clash with Atalanta at Old Trafford
Manchester United’s fans have underlined their faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by singing his name as his team walked out for their Champions League clash against Atalanta.
The Red Devils take on the Serie A side, needing a positive result to arrest their poor run of form.
Solskjaer has seen his side lose four of their last six but retains the faith of the Old Trafford board.
United’s fans seem to be behind him as well as cries of “Ole” rang out before kick-off.
Solskjaer has made several changes for the European clash, bringing Fred back in to play alongside Scott McTominay in the middle of the park after both missed out at the weekend.
The pair have provided a solid foundation and can be relied upon by their manager to produce.
Marcus Rashford, scorer at the weekend, comes in for his first start since returning from injury.
Solskjaer knows exactly the type of challenge that lies ahead for his team tonight, with Atalanta reaching the knockout stages in their previous two Champions League seasons.
He said before kick-off: “The last few games we’ve looked a little bit open. We’ve been too easy to play through on counter-attacks. Today we’ve picked a team that will give us legs and energy. Our fans will also want to see us on the front foot.
“It’ll be nice for [Marcus Rashford] to play football freely without a niggle on his back or shoulders. The last few months he’s been carrying an injury.
“You’ll see a smile now, and Marcus enjoying football is a brilliant sight to see.
“The last two or three seasons Atalanta have been scoring close to 100 goals in the Serie A, so we will have to defend really well. Plus we want to to hopefully be on the attack.”
United lost their opening European fixture away at Young Boys, with the Swiss side grabbing a stoppage time winner.
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They responded by beating Villarreal at Old Trafford, although their performance left plenty to be desired.
Solskjaer has hit back at those who’ve criticised his side’s recent form as he attempts to end their trophy drought.
“Every team will go through a patchy period and we’re in one now of poor form,” he said. “We know that and we hold our hands up that we need to improve.
“Every team will go through that every year. We’ve come through it and come through it stronger.”