Because of FIFA data, Manchester United went about 14 days without matches and will return to the field on Saturday (20), to face Watford, away from home, in the twelfth round of the English Premier League. The match becomes central to the team’s recovery process, which comes from a negative sequence. Another defeat could mean the end of the streak for coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been under tremendous pressure.
During the press conference held on Friday (19), the Norwegian coach spoke about all the demands he was experiencing during this period. For Solskjaer, this kind of situation is normal when the team does not produce positive results. Despite this, the Manchester United boss was quite confident of returning to the good moment.
? When you lose, there is always disappointment and the pressure to work increases a lot. But as a club, frankly, we fixed a few things. I can be sure we’ll see a reaction in our next game. We had a long break in that period, but were we able to work well and did the players respond well? Solskjaer’s analysis.
The coach was working daily at risk of being fired at any time. Even the British press speculated on the name of some coaches who could replace him in the position, with Zinedine Zidane at the top of the list. However, Solskjaer is confident that he will be able to reverse the negative phase and continue to lead the team.
If the coach’s situation is not fully resolved, the same cannot be said of Jesse Lingard. The player is at the end of his contract with Manchester United and his renewal has not been completed. UK mainstream media are already claiming that Lingard will not stay. When asked about the matter, Solskjaer said he was unaware of the contract, but understood the athlete’s ambitions.
? I did not review the status of contracts. For me, Jesse is still a huge part of that team. I understand that every player wants to play as much as possible? Said Solskjaer, who has used Lingard in eight games this season.
Manchester United have won only three of their last ten matches, having lost five times in this period. In the Premier League, the elite of English football, the team has scored only one win in its last five matches. It occupies sixth place with 17 points and United needs a positive result in order not to leave the group that guarantees a place in the next edition of the Champions League. The ball will roll on Saturday (20), at 12:00 (GMT).
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