I'm getting closer to what we want at Manchester United - Solskjaer 'believes in himself' despite Liverpool thrashing | 123Live MY
Despite Liverpool's thrashing, Solskjaer "believes in himself."
Despite a demoralising 5-0 loss to rivals Liverpool, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he has the support of the board and believes he is "close" to getting the club where it wants to be.
After setting up Naby Keita for the opener, Mohamed Salah became the first Premier League player to score an away hat-trick at Old Trafford, with Diogo Jota making it 2-0 inside 13 minutes as United suffered their heaviest-ever home defeat in this fixture.
United have lost three and drawn one of their last four Premier League games, dropping them to seventh place in the table, eight points behind league leaders Chelsea after nine games.
However, Solskjaer remains confident in his position and in his ability to restore United's glory, but he has accepted responsibility for the outcome.
"I haven't heard anything else [other than having the board's support]," Solskjaer said at a press conference. "I'm still planning my day's work for tomorrow." They are, of course, all low.
"I've never felt worse than I do now." This is the lowest point I've ever reached. I accept the challenge. That is mine today, and it will be mine in the future.
"It's the worst feeling in the world." We've had the sense that we're getting closer to our goal. We've hit a brick wall in the last few weeks. We've given up far too many easy goals. That is a source of concern.This is the lowest point I've ever reached. I accept the challenge. That is mine today, and it will be mine in the future.
"It's the worst feeling in the world. We've had the sense that we're getting closer to our goal. We've hit a brick wall in the last few weeks. We've given up far too many easy goals. That is a source of concern. This is the lowest point I've ever reached. I accept the challenge. That's what I'm doing today.
"I believe in myself, and I'm getting close to achieving our goals at the club. Recently, the results have not been satisfactory. Put your hands up. Tottenham is on the road the following week. Then came Atalanta. Then there's Manchester City. We must approach this with the proper mindset.
"The time has come. United has faced adversity in the past, but we have always recovered. We've had a rough start to the season. We've hit a stumbling block. We need to start producing results – and clean up our act.
"Of course, I'm sad, disappointed, and angry. My emotions are unimportant in comparison to what we can do to improve and ensure that this does not happen again. This could go one of two ways: we could sulk or we could band together."
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Solskjaer has the second-worst goals against per game ratio of any United head coach in the Premier League.
Under the Norwegian, the Red Devils have conceded 120 goals in 106 league games, an average of 1.13 per game.
Only under David Moyes (1.18 goals per game) was United's defence more porous, with no other manager averaging one or more goals per game.
Solskjaer's points per game average is 1.83, with United winning 55 games, drawing 29 and losing 22.
Under Solskjaer, United have a goal difference of 71, which ranks third in the league since he took over in December 2018. However, this falls far short of the totals of Liverpool (134) and City (134). (168).
Solskjaer has also presided over two of United's five heaviest Premier League defeats, Sunday's game (which was United's joint-worst home loss in terms of margin of defeat) and last season's 6-1 loss to Tottenham.