Solskjaer accepts trophy pressure after transfer backing

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajaer has openly accepted that the inclusion of the new signings in the team has heightened trophy expectations after Gary Neville suggested that the Norwegian was running out of time to deliver silverware.

Manchester United are yet to lift a silverware since 2018 Solskajaer took over the managerial Job. They maintained second in the Premier League last season and lost the Europa League final against Villarreal, who are visiting the old Trafford in the ongoing champions league campaign 2021/22.

Gary Neville has pointed out that Solskajaer should be lifting a trophy 12 to 18 months from now due to the signings done during the transfer window.

The likes of Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, England winger Jadon Sancho and France defender Raphael Varane joined United in the last transfer window.

“That pressure is a privilege. To work in this environment, you have to embrace that pressure,” Solskjaer told reporters on Tuesday.

“Yes, I have been backed. The progress and process has worked well. But we’re in a results business.

“We’ve improved, expectations have improved with the signings and better performances.

“I’m here to win and Gary knows that. He’s always got loads to say!

“I’m used to Gary. He’s always said a lot, when I was sat next to him as well in the dressing-room.”

United lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, missing the chance to go top of the table and making it three defeats in their last four games in all competitions.

“At this club we have an obligation to win and in a certain style,” Solskjaer added.

“Sometimes that’s risky and you lose one or two (matches). That’s the way we do things and we’ll get there.”

Solskjaer also confirmed that Harry Maguire will not be featuring in Wednesday’s game with Villarreal due a calf injury and Luke Shaw too is likely not to feature.