Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his under fire Manchester United players that Wednesday's derby presents the “perfect” opportunity to show they care as the manager insisted he was the right man to lead the club out of their latest crisis.
United’s wretched 4-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday was their sixth defeat in eight matches in all competitions and they go into the derby against high-flying Manchester City at Old Trafford needing to win to boost their hopes of a top four finish.
Solskjaer and his staff gave the players a furious dressing down in the changing room at Goodison Park before continuing the inquest on Monday morning and the manager has demanded a reaction against City. “That’s the best game we could ask for now with players hurt as they definitely were, we have had a meeting after the game you can see all the players were definitely, definitely disappointed but really, really hurt by that performance and the City game is the perfect one,” Solskjaer said. “There's no hiding place on the pitch and our fans will back you whatever the result will be so long as you give that effort against a City side that has been very good. We have got to turn up. We focus on Wednesday and I’m sure we’ll get a response. “You don’t punish them as in run up to the mountains and back, we believe in them, these players know they let themselves down as individuals, as a team, me as well. I’m in charge and I’m the one giving instructions about how we’re going to play and it’s my duty to get them performing better than that and I’m sure we'll get a response.” It is only four weeks since Solskjaer was handed the job on a permanent basis and he is adamant he is the right man for it - and to oversee a summer overhaul. “I would like to think so, yeah,” he said. “I like all these boys, I love them because they are great lads but I’ve got to make a decision, I’ve got to manage for the club. I’m managing the club and managing the players. I help the players but I manage for the club and I’m going to put all my effort, and the staff we’re all going to put all our efforts into making sure we do what we think is right for the club. [Telegraph]