Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester Unted boss ready to fight for his job as speculation around his future intensifies

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he still believes he can be successful as Manchester United manager and is ready to fight back after their 5-0 thrashing to Liverpool on Sunday

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is no stranger to crisis and will keep fighting for his job as scrutiny on the Manchester United manager intensifies.

The United manager's position remains safe for now after the 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, but there is a section of players who have doubts about his capability to take the club forward.

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Solskjaer insists he remains "focused as ever" despite all the speculation around his future and has been pleased by the response of his players ahead of Saturday's trip to Tottenham in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports.

"I've been through some very bad moments here as a player, when I've been a coach and a manager as well," said Solskjaer. "I've had to deal with setbacks.

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"There have been two or three crises, at least, since I became the manager here. One thing I can say is, I'll always give it a good shot and fight back."

Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial are available once again after spells out injured, and the defender's reintroduction could be vital as the team has conceded nine goals in the last two league games.

As they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham at Old Trafford in September, United have had the whole week to prepare for Saturday's game.

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Solskjaer has been working hard to get his squad in the right frame of mind after Sunday's humbling home defeat to Liverpool and knows he needs a win after overseeing a run of four games without one in the league.

"It's been a difficult week of course, we've had to deal with the result and performance against Liverpool," added Solskjaer.

"That's something footballers have to deal with, and we have to look forward to the next game and make sure we are ready for that game. We've had a good week on the training field.

"We need a reaction, it is my job to put the players in the right frame of mind. We've worked on the pitch, on everything that needs to be sorted for a footballer, that is strategy, game plan, tactics.

"I feel that the boys are ready to give the best, as they always do. In the performance, nothing went to plan, and it was nowhere near our best."

'I had a brief chat with Sir Alex at Carrington'

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Sir Alex Ferguson's presence at Carrington drew lots of attention this week, with reports claiming he was fighting for Solskjaer to keep his job in a crisis meeting, as stories emerged that Antonio Conte was being lined up to take over.

However, Solskjaer has clarified that his former manager's appearance at the training ground was pre-arranged and had nothing to do with the team's poor run of results.

"We had a commercial date, and Sir Alex came to do some commercial stuff," said Solskjaer. "I met him and spoke to him just for a brief moment because he was in there with Cristiano Ronaldo."

'Punch drunk' United needed to be like Tyson Fury

Solskjaer has compared Sunday's dismal performance by his side to that of a boxer scrambling to their feet after being knocked down.

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He felt his players were left shocked by Liverpool's early goal and lost their composure as they rushed to level things up, having seen Bruno Fernandes miss a big chance to take the lead just moments before.

Solskjaer offered up world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who happens to be a United fan, as a template for how his players should have responded.

"Of course, we have to hold our hands up, that performance was not acceptable," he said.

"I used the analogy that it felt like we were a boxer being punch drunk, knocked down in the first round. We had a chance, we conceded a goal and wanted to sort it out, and we went a bit too open and frantic against a good team.

"You see Tyson Fury when he gets knocked down, it's remarkable how calm and composed he is when he is on the floor.

"Counts to six, seven, eight and then he gets up and he is ready to go again. Maybe we got up too early and tried to sort it."

Rodgers plays down United speculation

Reports on Friday claimed Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers could be a potential replacement for Solskjaer if he is sacked as United boss.

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers plays down speculation linking him with the Manchester United job

But Rodgers has played down speculation he could take over at Old Trafford.

"To be honest, I don't even think about it," the 48-year-old said.

"I'm sure the supporters are probably tired of looking it. Here at Leicester, there is always a link and always an association.

"My focus is always here with Leicester and trying to develop this football club and challenging for honours.

"Everyone here at the club - the staff and the players - we're all very much on the same path, with the same vision."

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