Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident he can turn around the fortunes of Manchester United and he has given his coaching staff a vote of confidence.
United have made their worst start to a season in 30 years and already sit 15 points behind leaders – and Sunday’s Old Trafford visitors – Liverpool.
That has led critics to look at Solskjaer, who refused to reveal who was fit to face Liverpool, and his coaching team with two newspapers recently singling out coach Kieran McKenna.
McKenna, 33, has taken charge of training sessions since Solskjaer was handed the United reins and The Metro claimed some of United’s first-team players had been critical of his coaching and are unsure he has the experience required.
The article claimed United’s senior men “feel unprepared” and that there has not been enough work done to develop the team’s attacking style of play.
While the Daily Mail claimed a similar notion that McKenna was not up to the job and that United were under-cooked in their attacking know how.
Solskjaer was asked about the size of the task at Friday’s press conference and said the players are improving before claiming he knew what was missing.
“I’ve never felt it’s too big for me and confident in what we’re trying to do and with my staff,” said Solskjaer. “I’ve been so impressed, Michael, Kieran, Martin, Richard, the coaching and improvement is there to see for us and it is about start winning games, start scoring goals.
“We need to create more chances because at the back I think we’ve looked solid but haven’t been adventurous enough, taken enough risks. If you watch the best teams around take more risks more runs and maybe the boys when they lose confidence they play safe and it’s my duty to say it’s not safety.
“Of course when you lose the majority of front creativity that we started with you’re gonna struggle to create as many chances as you like, you can’t carve that opening, the pressing up high has been very good, attitude, desire, has been very good but not enough chances created, not taken.
“Sometimes that’s confidence, human nature, you say players missing chances they won’t normally miss but it’s up to us to get the ball between the posts, that goal never misses.”