Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Ignoring Sack Talk After Istanbul Loss

Nov 5, 2020, 9:15 AM GMT
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not listening to rumours he could be sacked | Burak Kara/Getty Images
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed suggestions that he could be sacked in the near future after the Red Devils' shock 2-1 loss to Istanbul Basaksehir.

United found themselves two goals down by the 40th minute, with some comically poor defending - Solskjaer described it as 'unforgivable' - gifting the Turkish side some of the easiest goals they will ever score, while Anthony Martial's strike before the break wasn't enough to inspire a turnaround.

It meant United's frustrating start to the season continues. They have won just twice in the Premier League this season and blew the chance to take real control of their Champions League group, and this latest loss saw 'Ole Out' and 'Poch' start trending on Twitter very quickly.

Countless fans have called for Solskjaer's head to roll before it's too late, but the boss told a press conference that he's not listening to such speculation.

"I decline to comment on such a thing," he said (via ESPN) when asked if he felt his job was on the line.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer is only focused on a reaction | Burak Kara/Getty Images

"Of course it's early on. Opinions are out there all the time. You've got to stay strong. I'm employed by the club to do a job, and I do that to the best of my ability with our staff."

It's now two games in a row in which United have looked lifeless and uninspiring in attack, with Arsenal sauntering to a routine 1-0 victory over Solskjaer's side at the weekend, and there is a growing concern that the boss may not be the man to take United to the next level.

Fans will hope to see a response on Saturday when they face high-flying Everton, and Solskjaer admitted that he expects his side to bounce back.

"The last two results have been a punch in our stomach, and the only way I know of, and I hope the players as well, the only way to respond is to get your act together for Everton," Solskjaer added.

"That's going to be tough and difficult. I'm glad we've got a game on Saturday."

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