Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refuted reports that he told his players he fears being sacked and entering the so-called ‘sack season’ the Manchester United boss remains calm.
Jose Mourinho was sacked by United in December last year and The Sun have claimed the Norwegian told his players he feared been sacked in United lost to Mourinho’s Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
United are in ninth place in the league and they are closer to the relegation zone than the top four after the weekend’s home draw with Aston Villa.
Solskjaer’s men have won just four times from 14 in the Premier League, but despite that poor record and Mauricio Pochettino, Unai Emery and Quique Sanchez Flores all already having lost their jobs, Solskjaer has no concerns about his position and laughed at the speculation.
“No, it doesn’t make me more concerned,” said Solskjaer. “I’m just focusing on my job and that’s doing as well as I can, look forward to the next game, look long term and plan things with board.
“I’m good, absolutely no problem, sometimes you laugh when you read stories about what I’ve said, but at least I know the sources are not sources and are just made up, blatant lies.
“It’s that time of year, it’s never nice to see your colleagues lose their job in a very short space of time.
“With some of them, you can talk about VAR all day long. You don’t know the reasons, but one result, Southampton against Watford , with the handball, and we’re talking about something completely different. Sometimes you have luck, sometimes you don’t.
“We’ve had too many draws for my liking, some defeats of course, but draws we should have turned into wins and football is a results business.
“I’m not happy, I know we can do better and are working hard. The work is always geared on us improving but we’re not getting all the results we’ve deserved.”
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has always voiced his support for Solskjaer and in his financial report in September he pointed to “the long-term strategy” and were prepared to let “Ole and his team build for the future”.
And Solskjaer says that long-term strategy is still the focus and he is in constant contact with the United honcho.
“We speak all the time so it’s not like it’s a knee-jerk situation, suddenly now we need to talk, we speak a few times every week,” added Solskjaer.
“So it’s continually progressing, the plans we’ve put in place, the rebuilding we know we started.
“We made some decisions that were necessary and now, of course we’re not happy where we are, but will continue working.
“Three days or four days are not going to change a whole lot, but these two games are great chances to improve things and continue in the vein against some of the better sides.
“We’ve had some good results against good teams and we’ve got a plan for Wednesday night.”