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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vows to fight on at Manchester United despite Istanbul defeat



Feeling the heat: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shows his frustration during United’s latest shocking defeat

Feeling the heat: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shows his frustration during United’s latest shocking defeat

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Feeling the heat: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shows his frustration during United’s latest shocking defeat

Defiant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vowed to fight on as Manchester United manager despite his side crashing to an embarrassing Champions League defeat to tournament rookies Istanbul Basaksehir.

The shocking 2-1 loss in Turkey now leaves Solskjaer's future as United boss hanging by a thread while their opponents celebrated a first ever Champions League group stage win.

Former United skipper Roy Keane has suggested that the players would get Solskjaer the sack and when that was put to the Norwegian, he said: "I decline to comment on such a thing. Opinions are there. I have to stay strong. I'm employed to do a job and doing that to the best of my ability. The last two results have been a punch to the stomach."

Solskjaer added: “The only way I know to respond, and I hope the players as well, is to get your act together for Everton. I’m glad we have a game on Saturday.”

Former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba and skipper Edin Visca were on target with Anthony Martial’s reply counting for nothing.

This season’s 100% away record came to an end for the lacklustre Red Devils to intensify scrutiny on Solskjaer and his side.

Solskjaer added: “The performance wasn’t good enough, against a team that worked and ran.

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“They hit us on the break a couple of times and scored two goals like sometimes happens in Europe when you don’t defend well enough. 

“For the first one we play a short corner and we forget about the man up top, and that’s unforgivable. The second one as well, we’re not very well organised to counter-press and win the ball back. 

“Two soft goals to give away and then we didn’t have enough to come back second half. 

“It was a good goal by Anthony, and you think 45 minutes to save something, and second half we threw everything at it but we couldn’t break them down.

“It is not easy to be positive now, when you have just lost the way we did, but these players are good and we have a good chance on Saturday morning to get going again.”

Midfielder Donny van de Beek admitted the performance was well below par.

“I am really disappointed,” he said. “We started okay in the first 10 minutes but then gave a ball away, I don’t know how, and after that we lost the confidence. We can play much better.

“We are Man United and we need to improve. The games before against Arsenal we did not play our best game. Now we have to step up against Everton.”

United’s performance was slammed by pundits, including former midfielder Paul Scholes.

“It was just a real lack of quality for me,” he said. “I’m trying to find an excuse, a reason for it, but at the end of the day I think they were in good positions but the final bit of quality was really, really lacking.”

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