Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect that he will soon get Machester United on top again. The club with the best-filled prize cabinet in England currently only occupies fifth place in the Premier League.
"Jürgen Kloop has had four years to build a team at Liverpool," said Solskjaer on Friday at a press conference about the Premier League leader and Champions League winner's trainer. "I've said it before, but United's problems cannot be solved quickly."
According to the 46-year-old Norwegian coach, the solution lies primarily in the transfer market. "But you can't get eight or ten new players in one month. We did good business in the summer and we're trying to do something again this month."
United was the last champion in 2013 under Alex Ferguson. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho did not succeed in taking the title and the Solskjaer, who was appointed in December 2018, cannot make the team perform better either.
On Wednesday, Burnley lost 0-2 to Old Trafford, causing the gap with league-leader Liverpool to rise to no less than 33 points, and fourth place and thus qualifying for the Champions League.
Position at the top of Premier League
- 1. Liverpool 23-67
- 2. Manchester City 24-51
- 3. Leicester City 24-48
- 4. Chelsea 24-40
- 5. Manchester United 24-34
- 6. Tottenham Hotspur 24-34
- 7. Wolverhampton 24-34
- 8. Sheffield United 24-33
"Confidence to continue on the set course"
"I hold on to the plan that I have," said Solskjaer, who is counting on support from club management. "We all know how today's football game works, but all my conversations with club management have been positive."
"That gives us the confidence to continue with the course we have taken. Hopefully that will be good enough and the club will be heading in the right direction in the long term."
The Solskjaer team will play in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday against Tranmere Rovers, which plays in the League One.