Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Man Utd sack talk as Mauricio Pochettino hovers

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed speculation about his future at Manchester United and still believes he has the backing of the board.

Back-to-back defeats have piled the pressure on Solskjaer ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League trip to Everton, with United down in 15th place in the table.

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to take over from Solskjaer at United if he is sacked, but the 47-year-old said he still believes he can turn the team’s fortunes around.

“Why shouldn’t I be?” said Solskajer.

“If I don’t trust my beliefs and values, my staff’s quality and the players’ quality, who else would?

“I have always had a very good, open and honest dialogue with the club, They have shown strong leadership, and good dialogue continually.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting to save his job

“Passion and fight, we’ll see that tomorrow.

“I’m a definite believer in these boys and they’ll come back and show how much they care.

Asked how he had coped with the pressure on him personally, Solskjaer said: “I’m good. You don’t have to be happy to stay positive, because you know that on difficult days, in life, there will be better ones coming, and I know these players well enough and I trust them well enough to give a response.

“You have to be mentally strong. There are demands on you as a Manchester United player and as manager, an expectation, because we are at the biggest and best club in the world.

“You don’t expect to find anything but criticism. It’s just how you deal with those setbacks and, from what I’ve seen from the boys, they’re ready to give a response.”

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