Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is backed by the players. The Norwegian was appointed as interim manager of Manchester United on a three-year deal in December 2018 after Jose Mourinho was sacked.
Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is backed by players.
Captain Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United said that head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the players’ complete support.
After a run of poor results, Solskjaer, who signed a new deal to keep him at Old Trafford until 2024, has come under criticism.
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The manager’s reputation has been tarnished by an early departure from the EFL Cup and underwhelming performances in the Premier League and Champions League.
When asked whether Solskjaer had the players’ support following Tuesday’s 3-2 Champions League comeback win against Atalanta, Fernandes told Brazil’s TNT Sports: “Of course, definitely, he is our coach.” Every day, we keep an eye on him. That is something we demonstrate. We are committed to his ideals and will continue to do so.
“We have faith in our coach and our staff… we must follow the coach’s instructions because our coach is the epitome of what we must respect.” He’s been here for three years, and we’ve accomplished a lot. True, we haven’t won anything yet, but the team has proven that it has progressed significantly.
“We have a lot of room for growth, and the coach recognizes that he must improve as well, but that is part of the game. We are always learning new things. Football, on the other hand, is the here and now.”
Fernandes emphasized his team’s will to recover from what seemed to be a terrible night at Old Trafford.
United had only won one of their previous five games in all competitions coming into the contest, and they were behind 2-0 after 28 minutes.
To move top of Group F, the Red Devils scored three second-half goals, with Cristiano Ronaldo heading in the winner.
“It was the team’s will, the desire to win, the will to work as a team, the will to work for each other,” the Portugal international said. “We have to keep going in this direction.” Technically and strategically, it wasn’t our greatest performance. We made errors and must correct them. It’s not all good simply because we won, but it’s also not all terrible since we lost the other day [against Leicester City].
“We must highlight the positive aspects of our performance against Atalanta and build on them. We must believe in ourselves, strive not to give up, and most importantly, remember that we are here for one other.”
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United has only earned one point in their previous three league games, and they will face Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, five points behind league leaders Chelsea.
“Every season, Manchester United needs to think about having a prominent role,” Fernandes said. True, this team expects to win games and championships… We have a huge game coming up, one that we need to win, one that pits us against one of the club’s greatest adversaries.
“That game must provide some results for us. It’s something we have to do. We have just one point from three league games, which is insufficient. We need to show that we’re here and that we’ll compete for the title, but in order to do so, we need to win games after games, and the next one is against Liverpool.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer thinks that the supporters’ backing will be vital once again.
“The players were fantastic in the second half [against Atalanta], along with the fans,” the Norwegian remarked. “Everything a United team should have: attitude, work rate, and quality. It’s in our DNA, what Manchester United does. We have a tendency to make things difficult for ourselves, and we did.”
When asked whether he felt he should listen more to the cacophony of Old Trafford’s atmosphere than the noise of social media, he laughed and said: “Yes, indeed! Yes, I believe so. Definitely. The greatest fans in the planet are ours. When you don’t win every game, though, there will always be some criticism. At United, this is the standard. However, we must keep the noise down, enjoy the atmosphere at Old Trafford, and have faith in ourselves.”
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