Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he does not fear sack after Man City defeat

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed suggestions he is on borrowed time after his side slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday.

While the result may have been an improvement on the 5-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool in October, the performance was concerningly similar, with United looking nowhere near the required level and instead having David de Gea to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable early on.

Solskjaer came into the game under immense pressure and the situation has intensified after this result, but the boss insisted that he does not believe the sack is coming.

"No I don't [think he's on borrowed time]," he said (via BBC Sport). "I have good communication with the club all the time which is up front and honest.

"I work for Man United, I want the best for Man United. As long as I am here I want to improve this."

He continued: “They played well, they don't give you opportunities to win the ball off them so praise to them but our standards need to be raised.

“At the moment we are [far off the top teams]. The demands on me and the players are going to be high and we have to get back to what we started to look like. We have the players to do that.”

The result leaves United three points adrift of the top four, having played one game more than fourth-placed West Ham United, who will face Liverpool on Sunday evening.

United's next game comes against Watford after the international break, giving the team two weeks to make a decision on Solskjaer's future.