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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns of “hard times” ahead for Man Utd doubters

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:54, 9 December 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes there will be more “hard times” for those who continue to doubt his Manchester United side.

The Red Devils pulled off a huge 2-1 win at neighbours Manchester City just days after producing the exact scoreline against Tottenham Hotspur, now managed by former boss Jose Mourinho.

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  • Man Utd recorded back-to-back draws in the league against Sheff Utd (3-3) and Aston Villa (2-2) prior to facing Spurs and Man City.
  • The results poured even more pressure on Solskjaer ahead of both games.
  • However, United would collect six points from a possible six, with Solskjaer beating Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in the space of just a few days.
  • Consequently the Red Devils now sit just five points away from the Champions League places.
  • And Solskjaer believes there will be plenty of “hard times” to come for those doubting his team.

This pair of results has alleviated the pressure off Solskjaer who, just a week prior, saw Man Utd being held to a 2-2 home draw by Aston Villa, which came off the back of a 3-3 draw against Sheffield United.

Since becoming the club’s permanent coach, the Norwegian tactician has seen constant speculation regarding his future, with many calling for his removal following a string of disappointing performances this season.

However, results have picked up in the previous two games, and United now find themselves sitting just outside the Champions League places, five points adrift fourth-place Chelsea.

Solskjaer, who praised his players for leaving the Etihad with all three points, believes this could be a turning point and sees more tough days for those who have written them off.

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“We’re playing against the best team in the world, for me, the best coach in the world, it’s so hard to play against them,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s a Man United performance, in my mould. I love boys going forward when there’s a chance for them. We’re improving all of the time. The boys are getting experiences to remember.

“There’s more hard times for the doubters out there, because we’ll keep on working the way we’re doing, and we keep on believing in what we’re doing. It’s just about getting results, and more and more people will see what we’re trying to do.”