Manchester United boss Solskjaer insists he has club backing

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United Source: Manchester United

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he has no concerns over his position amid speculation, claiming he is working on a long-term plan with the struggling Premier League club.

Solskjaer has overseen United's worst start to a season at home of any manager since 1972-73 following last week's 1-0 loss to rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.

United followed up that defeat with an insipid 2-1 defeat away against Turkish hosts Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League, heaping further pressure on Solskjaer.

While United have upstaged Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain and humbled RB Leipzig, the Red Devils have lost to Crystal Palace and Tottenham – who humiliated the English giants 6-1.

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but speaking ahead of Saturday's crucial trip to Everton, Solskjaer said: "I am going to say all my conversations with the club have been planning long term.

"Of course we want results short term but I've had positive good dialogue with the plans we have put in place.

"We have planted a seed, the tree is growing. Some clubs just rip up that tree and see if it is still growing and see if it is still getting water underneath.

"For me I have had a backing all the way since I've come in on the bigger picture. And the club needs to look at the bigger picture, we can't go thinking and reacting to one or two results, we have got to look further back and [ask] what is the direction we are going."

United languish 15th in the Premier League with just two wins from six games, nine points adrift of leaders Southampton.

Solskjaer's United have won more Premier League games against Everton than any side has won against another in the competition's history (36), per Opta.

Meanwhile, their 16 wins at Goodison Park is the joint-most away wins for a club at a specific venue in the competition (United also 16 at Villa Park).

United have also won each of their last six Premier League away games – only between April-August 1993 (seven) have they won more consecutively on the road in the competition.

Solskjaer, who replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis in December 2018 before being permanently appointed in March last year, added: "The culture and the mentality in the group has improved immensely. They do really have the mindset of improving all the time and winning. 

"Yes, every time you lose a game there are critics out there everywhere. I have no complaints about the mentality."

Source Omnisport