Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to Man Utd board amid Pochettino rumours

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United’s board not to make a knee-jerk decision over his future as he faces increasing pressure following back-to-back defeats.

The Red Devils sit in 15th place in the Premier League, nine points off the pace-setters, and were embarrassed in midweek by Champions League novices Istanbul Basaksehir having also lost at home to Arsenal a few days earlier.

Solskjaer’s position appears increasingly precarious amid growing links with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, but the Norwegian is adamant United’s decision-makers should stick by him.

‘I’ve got to say that all my conversations with the club have been planning long-term,’ said the United boss before facing Everton on Saturday.

‘Of course, we want short-term results, I have had positive dialogue, we’ve put plans in place and planted seeds, the tree is growing.

‘Some clubs rip up their tree to see if it is still growing, or getting enough water.

‘I have had backing all the way since I have come in. The club needs to look at the bigger picture.

‘We cannot react to one or two results, we have to look further back and what is the direction we are going in.’

Rejecting criticism of his squad’s mentality, Solskjaer added: ‘The culture and mentality in the group has improved immensely. The players here do really have the mindset of improving all the time and winning. When you lose a game the critics are everywhere.

‘I have no complaints about mentality. We have competition for places and some of them are not happy when they are not playing, that does not mean they have a bad mindset. They have a good reaction coming on and making an impact.’

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