Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confident of reviving Manchester United fortunes: 'I don't fall like a house of cards'

United face huge game at Everton on Saturday

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Under-fire Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands mounting criticism and pressure but vowed not to "fall like a house of cards" after recent defeats.

The Red Devils reacted impressively following the chastening 6-1 home defeat to predecessor Jose Mourinho's Tottenham at the start of October, but things have gone awry in first week of November.

United fell to an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Champions League new boys Istanbul Basaksehir just days after putting in a flat performance in the 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

Scrutiny has ratcheted up on Solskjaer ahead of Saturday's crunch trip to Everton, where they would have their lowest points tally after seven matches since 1989-90 should they fail to win.

Asked if he is as certain of being successful at United as he was when permanently appointed manager, Solskjaer said: "Yeah, why wouldn't I be?

"If I don't trust my beliefs and values and my staff's quality and the players' quality, who else should?"

Solskjaer added: "I don't look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards. But, yeah, setback definitely.

"I think there's been too much made of, say, not scoring against Arsenal and Chelsea because there's been more-or-less nothing in those two games.

"It's not too long ago we were the best thing since sliced bread when you beat Leipzig and PSG, so there's ups and downs in football and that's just the way it has to be.

"You've got to have that belief in yourself, belief in the players.

"The club has been very positive. They've shown me their character and the strong leadership, so I'm looking to Saturday lunchtime kick-off, which is another matter."

United have tended to react well to setbacks under Solskjaer and that will be crucial at Goodison Park ahead of the international break.

"You have to be mentally strong," the Norwegian said of dealing with the reaction.

"Of course there's demands on a Man United player and a coach and a manager.

"There's also an expectation because we are at the best and the biggest club in the world.

Manchester United player ratings v Istanbul Basaksehir

"You don't expect to have anything but criticism then, it's just how you deal with that, how you deal with that setback.

"From what I've seen from the boys, they've been very focused since we've come back, ready to give a response."

Club great Solskjaer understands the pressures and expectations at Old Trafford better than most, with poor performances having led speculation to increase about a move for Mauricio Pochettino.

But the 1999 treble winner remains confident that he retains the backing of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the United hierarchy.

"I've always had a very good, open, honest and a positive dialogue with the club," Solskjaer said.

"As I've said, they've shown strong leadership. I've had good dialogue continually since I've come in."

Solskjaer added: "And with me, today it's sunny in Manchester. I don't expect the wind to turn. Of course there's always pressure and expectations on us.

"But I've grown up here, or I became a man at Manchester United, and I've have learnt how to deal with good and bad times.

"There's always... you're a top coach or a manager when you win, and you're bad when you lose because that's the last game you played.

"You're not really better than your last game but every game of football becomes history quickly and we need to go into Goodison Park in a positive frame of mind."

Solskjaer has no fresh concerns heading to Everton, with Alex Telles back in training after being ruled out recently following a positive Covid-19 test.

"We've not lost any (players) from the Istanbul trip," he said. "Same group, same squad."