Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are in “a different era” and accepts there will be more “ups and downs” as he attempts to build a team capable of challenging for trophies.
Having never finished lower than third in the Premier League table under Sir Alex Ferguson, United have only once bettered that position since his retirement – coming second during the 2017-18 campaign.
United’s start to this season is their worst in 30 years and although Solskjaer is confident his side can turn it around, he accepts they do not possess the fear factor of years gone by.
“We’re not in the 90s now so it’s a different era, a different group that we’re building. We know there are going to be ups and downs,” he said.
“I don’t know what opponents think of us. I just know that sometimes when you walk off games we’re not doing bad.
“Sometimes there’s a gap. I’ve felt that a couple of times but not very often. I can’t think about what anyone else is thinking about us. We’re working to improve and that’s what we have to do.”
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Pogba set to miss Newcastle trip
Paul Pogba will “probably not” return from injury for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle, according to Solskjaer.
Pogba, 26, was left at home for Thursday’s goalless draw at AZ Alkmaar after playing through injury against Rochdale and Arsenal. United have also been without Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw since August’s home defeat to Crystal Palace due to injury.
Solskjaer says he is unlikely to bring any of United’s injured players back into the fold at St James’ Park on Sunday as he looks ahead to the looming visit of Liverpool after the international break.
Asked if he expects anyone to return to fitness by Sunday, Solskjaer said: “Probably not. There’s an international break as well. It might be a time for us to give them that 10-14 days extra to be ready for Liverpool.”
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