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Solskjaer facing new problem at Man Utd during ‘bad period’

1:26 PM GMT+4 07/10/2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2019-20
An under-fire coach claims the problems he has to contend with at present are different to those which emerged towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits a new challenge has presented itself at Manchester United, with an under-fire coach facing different problems to those endured late in the 2018-19 campaign.

The Red Devils stumbled over the finishing line last season, with an alarming dip following the award of a permanent contract to a coach who impressed in an interim post.

Further struggles have been endured on the back of a summer which saw just three additions made to the playing staff at Old Trafford.

Just nine points have been taken from eight Premier League games so far, with a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle last time out leaving United 12th in the top-flight standings.

Solskjaer is seeing questions asked of his ability to inspire those at his disposal, with it suggested that another change in the dugout could be made despite acceptance that a rebuilding job will take time.

The man calling the shots at present concedes that he faces a tough task, with there no obvious solution to the difficulties being suffered by a team that went “flat” last term.

Solskjaer told talkSPORT when quizzed on how things can be turned around: “Of course, everything that happens at Man United, with the size of this club, will be magnified because of the poor results.

“It’s a bad period, we’ve got to be honest enough, this period after we beat Leicester has been a poor one.

“We’ve lost to West Ham, we’ve lost to Newcastle and it’s hard for us to take, but we’ll get through it. That’s the key – the attitude, culture and work-rate of the players.

“This is not a similar situation to what I felt was happening towards the end of last season where we just went flat.

“This is a hard-working group with a desire, we’re just lacking in a few departments at the moment.”

Solskjaer’s task is not about to get any easier as United will return to action after the international break with a visit from Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are yet to drop a point this season and are now eight clear at the summit.

They promise to provide another stern test of United’s credentials, but Solskjaer believes they could be ideal opponents for the Red Devils as form tends to go out of the window when two arch-rivals lock horns.

He added: “It’s perfect timing because at the moment everyone needs to clear their heads.

“We’ve got Liverpool coming up and we’ve got a very long period to prepare for that one. I know the fans and the players will be up for that one.”