January 24, 2020 / 12:56 PM / 24 days ago

Solskjaer urges patience with Man United rebuild

(Reuters) - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced he will be given time to complete his rebuilding project at Old Trafford and said he retains the backing of the club hierarchy.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Group L - Manchester United v Partizan Belgrade - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - November 7, 2019 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates/File Photo

Solskjaer has come under increased pressure after back-to-back Premier League defeats by Liverpool and Burnley left them six points behind Chelsea, who occupy the fourth Champions League qualification spot.

Ahead of United’s FA Cup fourth round match against Tranmere Rovers on Sunday, Solskjaer said there would be no “quick fix” to improve their form.

“We can’t react to all the noise outside,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday.

“There’ll be criticism, you’ve got to take it. You’ve got to be stronger mentally. I am, the club is, the staff are very strong mentally and we’re sticking to what we believe in and I’ve got full faith.”

Solskjaer pointed to Liverpool’s long-term recruitment project since Juergen Klopp took charge in Oct. 2015, with the Merseyside club now 16 points clear at the top of the league standings.

“For me, we do have a way of doing things. You can see other teams have done well. You can see Juergen spent four years building his team and they’re doing well now,” Solskjaer added.

United have 34 points from 24 league matches this season - 11 fewer than at this stage of the last campaign - but Solskjaer will continue to plan for the long-term at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian is hoping to get at least one signing “over the line” in the January transfer window following injuries to Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

“I’m not going to change six or nine or 10 months into the job and starting believing in a different way of doing things,” Solskjaer added.

“It’s not going to be eight or 10 players in, in one transfer window. We’ve had one proper transfer window in the summer, because the January ones are difficult. But we are trying to do something now.”

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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