Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready to 'fight back' after 'difficult week'

I will always try and fight back. - Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager, says that it has been "a difficult week", but that he is ready "fight back".

Solskjaer is under fire after Liverpool's 5-0 defeat left them seventh in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Chelsea.

His next match is against Tottenham in the league at 17:30 BST.

Solskjaer stated, "We need to react." It's my responsibility to get the players in the right mindset."

He said, "I'm responsible to the reaction, result, and performance. We have worked on every aspect of the pitch that is important for a footballer.

"We had a great week, and I feel the boys are ready for their best, just like they always do.

"Nothing went according to plan against Liverpool, and that was not even our best."

"We cannot accept lies being made up"

Sir Alex Ferguson, former United manager, was present at the Old Trafford club’s training ground during week.

Solskjaer answered the question "Yes" on both accounts.

"Sir Alex came to do some commercial stuff after we had a commercial day. He was a short conversation with me when I met him. He was there with Cristiano [Ronaldo].

"I've had some very difficult moments as a player. As a coach, and as a manager, I have had to deal with setbacks. Since I started here as a manager, there have been at most two to three crises.

"One thing that I can promise is that I will never give up and fight for my cause."

United has only one point from their four previous league matches. Atalanta is next, playing in the Champions League on Tuesday. Manchester City will host a derby on Sunday, 6/11.

After his send-off against Liverpool, Paul Pogba will not be able to face Tottenham.

According to a report, Solskjaer was ignored by France's midfielder and had stopped contract negotiations. However, Pogba tweeted an image of the headline external link with the following message: "Big lies to make headlines."

Solskjaer stated, "We expect to get criticised because hands up, our performance against Liverpool wasn't good enough. You expect to hear it right, left, and centre."

"But we cannot accept lies being made up. Paul came to me, told me what he had posted on his social media accounts.

"We are better than that as an organization. The environment and culture are better. They must speak out when it is blatantly false.

"All opinions and reports are fine. But don't lie about me or the players."

Solskjaer uses Tyson Fury analogy to describe Liverpool thrashing

United lost Liverpool 5-0, their largest loss against Merseyside rivals at-home.

"Ofcourse you have to raise your hands - that performance was unacceptable. Solskjaer said, "You have to examine why it wasn’t acceptable and why it went the way it did."

"It felt like we were being punched and got knocked out in the first round. We had a chance. However, we conceded a goal. We wanted to get it right, but we were too open-minded and too frantic in our fight against a strong team.

"You can see Tyson Fury being knocked down quite a few times. It's amazing.

"Maybe we woke up too early to try and sort it. Although our minds need to be more positive, we have had to see different things and be open and honest. Communication must be clear."