Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he won’t let pressure of rising expectations at Manchester United get to him

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will not let the pressure at Old Trafford get to him  (Action Images via Reuters)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will not let the pressure at Old Trafford get to him (Action Images via Reuters)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will not let the pressure get to him as expectations rise at Manchester United following the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Norwegian has come in for heavy criticism in the wake of the midweek Champions League defeat to Young Boys, with Ronaldo’s arrival leaving him with nowhere to hide if he cannot deliver silverware this season.

Now Solskjaer has demanded an immediate response from his players ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Ham where he will come up against one of his United predecessors David Moyes.

But he is adamant he can handle rising expectations.

“I’ve got my job and we do our job,” he said. “We go into the game with good intentions, we make changes with good intentions, we go into a tackle with good intentions, we play a pass with good intentions.

“It’s always the outcome that decides the headline that we’ll see. And very rarely is the game either fantastic or very bad, it just hovers about good or not good enough.

“We know the expectations are high. We expect more of ourselves as well, the performance wasn’t up to our standard.

“The attitude is like you expect it to be. They’re focused, of course a little bit disappointed, but not too downbeat.”

On Ronaldo, Solskjaer added: “I think it’s life as normal, we’ve signed a good player. There’s always loads of attention around Cristiano, he copes with it and the players, they just get on with the job and cope with it as well.”

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