Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted the pressure is mounting as the struggling boss was questioned about Manchester United’s motivation following the devastating 4-2 loss on Saturday at Leicester.
Solskjaer is likely to be scrutinized again after the United’s defeat on The King Power Stadium left them without a victory in the final three Premier League games.
“The whole performance was not good enough with and without the ball,” Solskjaer stated.
The United manager watched Mason Greenwood open the scoring in the first minute and Leicester’s Youri Tielemans to level the score prior to half-time.
Caglar Soyuncu scored to put Leicester ahead in the final stages, before Marcus Rashford marked his first appearance of the season after the operation on his shoulder. United’s equaliser.
In a dramatic finale, Leicester ended United’s English record of a league record with a streak of 29 games without a loss away from home, scoring goals scored by Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka in the final seven minutes.
It was a sour loss for Solskjaer who had faced criticism following the time United were defeated at the hands of Aston Villa and held by Everton in their final match prior to the international break.
While Solskjaer might not be immediately in danger of getting the dismissal, however, the Norwegian should emerge with notable wins in a challenging period of matches that saw him face Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Atalanta twice in the Champions League.
“Every time you lose, the pressure builds of course, but we are used to living with that pressure,” Solskjaer added.
“We are Man Utd. We’ve got to bounce back. Something may have to change. Do we need more legs in there? What do we need? It is one that we have to really analyse.”
Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut after Solskjaer infamously put his team on the sidelines for the initial half of the game against Everton However, his Portugal star was kept to a minimum.
Spluttering United have only won once in their last five matches across all competitions.
“We have had too many games where we have lost points so we need to look at the whole set-up and balance of the team and maybe something has to give,” said the United manager.
“Every point in the Premier League you have to fight for. You have to tackle, block and win headers and in key moments today we didn’t do that enough.”
In addition to the problems United was facing United was required by the court to justify their move to take the 100-mile trip to Leicester.
The company claimed their travel plans were altered because of “circumstances” amid reports of traffic congestion on the motorways, United were accused of not paying attention to climate change concerns.
United performed as if they were suffering from the jet-lag of longer flights during a miserable performance.
Greenwood made it 2-0 to put United on top in the 19th minute when He swung in from the right side and made a one-two play with Bruno Fernandes. He then smashed the unstoppable strike from 20 yards in the top corner.
The 20-year-old scored his first goal since August and his fourth goal of the season.
Ronaldo’s shot was blocked by Kasper Schmeichel, however, Leicester came back to level the score in the 31st minute after Tielemans match Greenwood’s magic.
Harry Maguire, rusty on his return from a double lay-off injury to his calf, handed over the ball to Kelechi Iheanacho while attempting to move out of the back.
Iheanacho discovered Tielemans as the Belgium midfielder scored a stunning high-flying finish against David De Gea for his second goal of the season.
It paid off for Leicester in the 78th minute.
Daka’s strike was saved De Gea and when the ball was redirected into Ayoze Perez Soyuncu had the ball to hit the ball from close range.
Solskjaer is likely to have felt a sense of relief as Rashford was able to get onto Victor Lindelof’s ball on the top of the pitch and then pounded it past Schmeichel during the final minute of the game in the 82nd.
In less than 60 seconds after, Solskjaer’s face turned in a state of shock when Perez’s pass was intercepted by Vardy as the forward slid into the corner using his left foot.
Zambian striker Daka was a major contributor to Solskjaer’s woes at the end of the game when he poked into Tielemans free-kick for the first time in his Leicester goal.