Reporter claims Manchester United view Solakjaer as a long-term project

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Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper has revealed Manchester United are fully behind manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and view him as a longterm project.

There have been speculations over the possibility of the Norwegian being replaced by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, but Cooper’s report looks to have quelled the rumours.

He said: “From what I’m being told, Man Utd still see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a long-term project and someone that should be given the backing and support to do this job. I don’t think anything has changed.

“The question stemming from that is what is their reaction to the last couple of games? The answer is it’s not good. The defeat against Arsenal with a soft penalty given away by Paul Pogba and the circumstances of last night up against a side who have never scored a Champions League goal and scored two with Man Utd having just two shots on target the whole game, bearing in mind Solskjaer had most of his key players out and playing in Istanbul last night.

“There’s another way of looking at this. A week ago, we were saying ‘what an amazing coach’ and that things had changed under Solskjaer. He out-thought RB Leipzig, he won 5-0 at Old Trafford and everything seemed to be changing. The flip side to that, of course, is how did those players beat Leipzig 5-0 and then put in the performances that we’ve seen over the last couple of games.

“There are major question marks against this. You saw what Solskajer had to say last night, he was furious with what happened in Istanbul. He protected his players, he didn’t criticise them too much but I think you could see from the manner of his voice, the tone of his voice that he’s expecting a big turnaround against Everton at the weekend.”