EM – “Pressure should be fun” – Solskjaer calls for a positive reaction from Manchester United players

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United players to respond positively to the pressures they face as questions about his own future at Old Trafford continue.

In After the international break, several reports suggest that it is a question of when, not if, Solskjaer will be replaced by six after a streak of four Premier League losses – including the hearty home losses to Liverpool and Manchester City.

But The 48-year-old drew a picture of the normal business operations at the club, as he said the last fourteen days had given him and his players time to restart.

“Of course, I am in contact and communication with the club as usual” said Solskjaer, who spent part of the break in Norway and allowed some players who were not on international duty to visit their families abroad.

“It was a lan ge international break, but we used it to our advantage because we have the feeling that the players have received a good response and that they are ready for the game in Watford. “

The defeats against rivals Liverpool and City – at a combined 7-0 result on home turf – have sparked a chorus of criticism that has hardly been dampened in the past two weeks, but Solskjaer wants his players to benefit from it.

“We know the bad form puts pressure on ourselves, but that pressure should be a pleasure, “he said.

” It should be something that makes us a better team and makes every player do their best. “

When asked directly whether he feels safe in his job and whether the club will remain united, Solskjaer replied: “Yes. The players, the staff, me and the club, we are all working towards one goal and that is for this team to get better and better. ”Results.

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“The fans still support the team and the club. They went through this time and supported the reconstruction.

” You know when you lose a game you are always disappointed and under pressure We communicated well, openly and honestly.

“Now a game is important, but also what happens afterwards. We’re all refreshed, this week was really good in training and we’re ready for tomorrow. “

The 2-0 derby defeat against City two weeks ago was much more one-sided than the result suggested – the game statistics showed a similar picture to the 5-0 defeat against Liverpool a fortnight earlier.

“Sometimes after a loss you want to get back on the training ground and work on things first, but I think this international break was a good time for me us to refresh our thoughts, “he said.

” My staff worked really hard to prepare everyone. We worked really hard, fixed a few things, prioritized some things we needed to improve, and I’m sure we’ll see a reaction. “

In response to Thursday reports that Jesse Lingard’s contract talks with the English midfielder who was about to leave the club, Solskjaer said: “Jesse trains really hard, really well and he’s ready and available. He’s definitely disappointed that he didn’t play. “More of course.

” As far as his contract situation and the talks are concerned, I didn’t go through them very intensively. For me, Jesse is still an important part of this squad and he gives the group energy and quality every day. “

” Every player wants to play as much as possible. The thing about Jesse and all of my players, they all work very hard, I can’t fault the attitude and they are ready when they are challenged. Jesse has done well when he’s played for him. “With us, and in all the games ahead, he knows he’s going to play a role.”

Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, where it was an instant hit. With the 28-year-old possibly available again in January, David Moyes was asked about Lingard on Friday but refused to be drawn.

“He is a Manchester United player and I won’t be talking about players from other clubs “said Hammers boss Moyes.

” All I can say is that we really enjoyed Jesse, he made a huge contribution to the team and helped the team. The team has evolved, we have started again. Jesse is a Man United player and it’s up to them to decide. ” what he does. “

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