Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Manchester United’s transition this season has been “difficult”.
Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera and Alexis Sanchez all left in the summer with Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James arriving at Old Trafford.
All three have had good starts to their United careers, but injuries have left Solskjaer’s squad short of experienced players, but he says United will learn from this “difficult transition period”.
The Norwegian is fully on board with United’s philosophy of bringing through young players, but with United making their worst start to a league season for 33 years he knows the pressure is on.
“You have to be brave. You have to trust your players and trust the kids,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports News, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Norwich.
“We need results as soon as possible. We need a result against Norwich. But then again we are in the situation we are.
“We made the decision to start the transition and that transition period has been difficult but I think the young kids are going to learn from it.
“You want to win, you want to win trophies and win in a certain style. But you also want to do it with young kids.
“That’s the DNA we have. We do give young players a chance and you won’t really know about them until you throw them into deep water and see if they can swim. Those boys so far have done really well.”
United are only three points ahead of Norwich, who sit second-bottom of the Premier League and he is well aware that what the Canaries are capable of having already beaten Man City this season.
Solskjaer added: “I hope we are going to stop them because it’s always going to be difficult down at Carrow Road.
“When I watched their first game [in the Premier League] against Liverpool, I saw a team with lots of courage. They were brave, they played their own way and kept going.
“That has given them some great results – they beat Newcastle, they beat Manchester City – and they’re a team with a clear philosophy.
“We are ready for it now, we’ve been to Belgrade here and got some players back. I managed to take off Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Anthony Martial off after 60 minutes because they’ve been out for a long time.
“So hopefully we’ll have a fresh team because we’ll need to be at our best to have a chance.”