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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Sir Alex Ferguson’s visit after Liverpool defeat

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals he had a candid conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson this week when the legendary coach visited the club for a business day alongside Cristiano Ronaldo after the Liverpool carnage.

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson after Liverpool’s win
  • The Norwegian said he has faced ‘two or three crises’ in a three-year term
  • Solskjaer admitted his team’s performance was ‘unacceptable’ against Liverpool
  • United looking to respond to the win when visiting Tottenham on Saturday


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take part in tomorrow’s big Premier League game at Tottenham reinforced by a heart-to-heart with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Having watched his Manchester United team lose 5-0 at home to Liverpool last Sunday, Solskjaer is under great pressure.

Speaking at lunchtime on Friday, Solskjaer insisted there were no problems between him and his players, and said they had had a “good week” in training.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) spoke to Alex Ferguson (right) this week to lift his spirits

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) spoke to Alex Ferguson (right) this week to lift his spirits

Solskjaer has been under heavy pressure following United's 5-0 home win against Liverpool

Solskjaer has been under heavy pressure following United's 5-0 home win against Liverpool

Solskjaer has been under heavy pressure following United’s 5-0 home win against Liverpool

When asked if he had spoken to Ferguson this week and if he thought this slump could come as his former manager once did, he said: ‘Yes, on both accounts, if that’s short and sweet.

“We had a trading day and Sir Alex came to do some things. I met him and spoke to him for a moment because he was there with Cristiano. [Ronaldo].

“I’ve had some really bad times as a player here and when I was a coach I had setbacks.

“ There have been two or three crises at least since I became a coach here and one thing I can say is that I will always give a good chance and fight.

‘It has been a difficult week, of course. We have had to deal with the result and the performance against Liverpool which we know was not good enough and that is something that footballers have to deal with.

That is why we are in this game. You have to look forward to the next game, and when you get to the next one, solve it and challenge the problems. We had a good week in training camp. ‘

Ferguson looked completely fed up during United's humiliating loss to Liverpool

Ferguson looked completely fed up during United's humiliating loss to Liverpool

Ferguson looked completely fed up during United’s humiliating loss to Liverpool

Ferguson had a habit of responding to strong United defeats forcefully.

Ferguson had a habit of responding to strong United defeats forcefully.

Ferguson had a habit of responding to strong United defeats forcefully.

United have only kept a clean sheet this season and fell behind against Liverpool last Sunday.

Solskjaer says his team should take some clues from boxer Tyson Fury when it comes to responding to a setback.

“Of course, you have to put your hands up and that performance is not acceptable,” he said.

‘We have to see why it was not acceptable.

‘To use an analogy, it felt like we were a drunken punch boxer, knocked down in the first four minutes or the first round.

“We had a chance and then we conceded a goal. We wanted to fix it and we were too open and too frantic against a good team.

“ You see Tyson Fury when he’s knocked down a couple of times, it’s remarkable how calm and collected he is when he’s on the ground. Count … six … seven … eight … then he gets up and is ready to go again.

Maybe we get up too early and try to fix it. So our minds have to be better, but we have also had to look at the difficult things and of course we have to be frank and honest. Communication has to be direct.

The Norwegian said he has faced 'two or three crises' in his three years as United manager

The Norwegian said he has faced 'two or three crises' in his three years as United manager

The Norwegian said he has faced ‘two or three crises’ in his three years as United manager

But the players enter. They are true professionals, good people. We have an atmosphere in and around the place, a lot of respect for each other.

So when you get criticized like you do, you go into the trenches with your teammates, that’s the reaction. Whatever this club has been through before, it’s about courage, self-confidence and sticking together.

That’s what this group has shown.

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