Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to combine long-term goals with short-term success at Manchester United

Norwegian manager under pressure after Champions League setback and mixed start to Premier League season

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he and the Manchester United board are on the same page regarding the long-term prospects of the club, but the Norwegian manager stressed the importance of short-term success in the form of results.

At a recent fans' forum, United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said Solskjaer's side is making progress despite a turbulent start to the new campaign.

However, Solskjaer's position again came under scrutiny after United's 3-1 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday which left the hopes of qualifying from their Champions League group hanging in the balance.

"From my experience, from my discussions with the club, we think long term," Solskjaer told a news conference. "But short term, you can't not think about the next six games.

"It's one of those seasons after a blip, after a defeat, after a bad performance you need to get back on form again. We're going to do as well as we can as long as we can and hang in there and keep moving up the table."

United sit ninth in the Premier League table, five points off leaders Tottenham Hotspur but with a game in hand.

David Moyes' West Ham United will host Manchester United at the London Stadium on Saturday. Moyes was sacked at Old Trafford after 10 months in 2014 despite having joined the club on a six-year contract.

The Scot has led West Ham to fifth in the Premier League table after three successive wins and his team should present a challenge to United.

Solskjaer accepts he is under pressure to be successful now.

"You would not want it any different because that comes from the passion our fans have, the passion the media has about us, our history, our success and the hunger for success and the demands and standards we have set," he said.

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