Nuno Espirito Santo previews Manchester United clash
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future is currently in the balance following some poor results for the Red Devils with the Norwegian at the helm. And in an exclusive with Sky Sports, the former striker has opened up on his upfront talks with the Glazer family, who own the Premier League side.
United have lost three of their last four Premier League games and have recorded just three wins from nine in all competitions and Solskjaer’s position looks as precarious as ever.
Their 5-0 loss to Liverpool last Sunday compounded a miserable few weeks for the Norwegian, with fans leaving in their thousands at half time.
A Mohamed Salah double after two quick-fire goals from Diogo Jota and Naby Keita gave the Reds a 4-0 lead at half-time at Old Trafford, with many voicing their opinions by leaving.
The manner of the defeat sparked rumours that Solskjaer would be axed by United.
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However, he has had reassurances from his bosses over his immediate future despite United’s poor form – although this could change with more poor results.
And the Norwegian has opened up about the talks with the Glazers in a revealing interview.
“I’ve got open and direct communication with the club, with the board and we’re very up front,” he told Sky Sports.
“Of course I don’t expect them to come out and defend a performance like this [against Liverpool], and we’re in a poor run of form.
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“But my 18 years at the club are not going to be defined by these few weeks. I’ve had ups and downs as a player, I’ve had ups and downs as a manager, as a coach in the reserves, and for me, I’ll always make sure that I fight back.
“I’m not going to let a period like this define me. I’m going to go all in now for a result on Saturday and that’s the only thing we can do. We need a reaction and we need a result.
“I’ve not seen what’s being talked about now or what’s being said out there, but we’ve had two or three, let’s call them ‘crises’, in the two or three years that I’ve been here. The team and the players have come through it stronger.
“Every team has a bad spell every season, we’re in a very precarious and a bad moment, but that’s what good players thrive in, that pressure. They’re here at Man United because they’re good people, good players and can handle these situations.
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“It’s not about me, it’s about the club, the players, and the fans. All the players will remember that all the fans stayed and they supported the team [against Liverpool].
“They will always support the team, even at 5-0 down, they’re there and singing. It’s remarkable that the club has that and it’s been through some dark moments.
“At the moment, yes, we are in a bad moment but it’s not like the be all and end all, the result against Spurs. I can’t think that way. All I’ve got to think is that we prepared well, which we have done.
“We’ve had a good training week and sorted some mindsets out because we need to go into the game with a right frame of mind – aggressive and go all out for a win, but also to be calm and composed and wait for the right moment.”
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