Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ditched proposals he could dismiss after the humiliating Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir.
United lost 2-1 in Turkey on Wednesday to put pressure on Solskjaer’s position.
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Roy Keane said United’s players “Solskjaer will be sacked” after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Arsenal, but when the former captain’s comments resurfaced after the final whistle in Istanbul, the Norwegian quickly downplayed them.
“I refuse to comment on anything like that,” said Solskjaer at a press conference.
“Of course it’s early. The opinions are out there all the time. You have to stay strong. I’m employed by the club to do a job and I do that with our staff to the best of my ability.”
The loss to Istanbul Basaksehir, who started Group H without a point or goal, marks United’s fourth loss in just eleven games this season.
Solskjaer’s side have won one of their last four games and face a difficult trip to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
“The last two results have been a punch in the stomach and the only way I know, and I hope the players can respond, too, is to band together for Everton,” said Solskjaer.
“It’s going to be tough and difficult. I’m glad we have a game on Saturday.”
United managed just two shots on goal in the 90th minute against Istanbul Basaksehir, who is seventh in the top Turkish league. The defense was a major concern, however, especially Demba Ba, who went through unchallenged from his own half to the first goal.
“First we play a short corner and forget the man upstairs and that is unforgivable,” said Solskjaer.
“The second is that we’re not very organized to counter, press and win the ball back when we play. Two soft goals to give away and then we didn’t have enough to come back in the second half. ” “”