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Man Utd are “sticking to the plan” as Solskjaer admits expectation change

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure to deliver a trophy this season after he bolstered his Man Utd team with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho in the summer

Solskjaer previews Man Utd’s clash with Villarreal in Champions League

Manchester United are “sticking to the plan” according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who concedes the summer signings have heightened expectations.

The Norwegian is into his third full season in charge at Old Trafford but is yet to deliver a trophy.

United’s silverware drought dates back to 2017 and continued investment means there is a growing demand for them to deliver.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane all arrived in the summer as the Red Devils aim to mount a title charge.

A surprise home loss to Aston Villa and a Carabao Cup exit occurred in the same week as pressure mounts on Solskjaer, but he has no issue with such challenges as he continues to be backed by the club’s hierarchy.



Pressure has mounted on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over recent games




“The pressure is a privilege [and] to work in this environment you have to embrace it,” he said.

“I have got to say I have been backed and the progress has worked well. The backing I have got seems to me we are sticking to that plan.

“Expectations have improved with the better signings and performances. I am here to win [and] we will get there, hopefully around April and May.”









Where are Man Utd this season?

Defeat at the weekend means United are one point off leaders Liverpool in the table.

Thus far the fixture list has been kind to them but they face Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in the next six weeks.

A Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham was a blow and leaves United with only three trophies available to them.

Solskjaer has guided United to the last four of that competition in each of his two seasons, but won’t be doing so for a third time.







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In the Champions League Young Boys secured a late, and surprising, victory in Bern.

Ronaldo had put United ahead but they were undone in stoppage time as they battled on with 10 men after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal.

What’s next?

United will look to get their European campaign back on track when they take on Villarreal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The Spanish side beat them in last season’s Europa League final so revenge will be on the agenda.



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Solskjaer remains confident that his side are on an upward trajectory despite three defeats in their last four.

He added: “My focus is always to win the next game short-term and think long-term about the squad building. My focus now has been on winning this game, getting back on track.”

“Then we focus on the league again from Thursday morning. We would have loved to be top of the league, but we are still up there.

“With the squad and coach I have got we can improve and we will get that consistency.”


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