Solskjaer challenges Man Utd players over consistency as he clings to job

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to see a repeat of this determination and mindset every week from Manchester United.

And he needs it if his stuttering side are going to keep him in a job.

United got back to winning ways against Everton on Saturday after back-to-back defeats left boss Solskjaer under pressure.

They were not – barring a couple of exceptions – brilliant against the Toffees.

But they showed character and resilience when they didn't panic going behind early on after two defeats in a week.

Then they were patient as they prised the Toffees open twice before a late goal ensured a much-needed three points.

But they have already lost three times in the league this season which is why Solskjaer headed into the game with his position as manager under pressure.

If they could dig in and grind out games like this when not at their best then they might not be in the bottom half of the table after seven games.

Afterwards, Solskjaer set his sights on the TV broadcasters for the scheduling of the game as 12.30pm on a Saturday after a Wednesday night defeat away at Istanbul Basaksehir.

But the focus now has to be finding consistency on the pitch with no excuses.

“If we can get this determination, mindset, approach every single game, we'll be hard to play against,” said the Old Trafford boss.

“You see all the tackles that Scott [McTominay] and Fred were winning in the middle there, we're tight, we're compact, we win the ball, we play, we've got spaces, that's how we want to see these boys. So we're very pleased with that.

“I can’t praise the boys enough for the character that they’ve shown.”

The win was also down to Bruno Fernandes being back to his best after a so-so start to the season for someone of his class.

After Bernard had given Everton an early lead thanks to some shoddy United defending, it was the Portuguese star who coasted into the area to head home Luke Shaw's cross.

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Fernandes then turned provider but ended up with the goal when his cute cross into Marcus Rashford was missed by the England striker but still found its way into the net off the post.

He then unselfishly teed up Edinson Cavani in stoppage time to secure his first goal for the club and the win.

“Fernandes was brilliant,” said Solskjaer. “He has the same mindset I am putting across from my players.

“He wasn’t going to let people enjoy us losing today, because he’s a great character.

“Like everyone else – you could see the determination in the team. The mentality, even though they were on their knees at the end.”

Everton tried to avoid a third defeat on the trot but they couldn't break through United's defence after the break, thanks to a much-improved performance from Harry Maguire.

“Harry's very, very important for this team,” added Solskjaer.

Solskjaer just needs to see it all more often to stay in the job.

EVERTON (4-3-3):Pickford 6; Coleman 5, Holgate 6, Keane 6, Digne 7; Doucoure 6, Allan 7, Sigurdsson 6 (Iwobi 66, 6); Rodriguez 5 (Tosun 80), Calvert-Lewin 6, Bernard 7. Subs: Olsen, Mina, Gomes, Godfrey, Davies. UP NEXT: Fulham (a), Premier League, Saturday November 21.

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1):De Gea 6; Wan-Bissaka 5, Lindelof 5, Maguire 6, Shaw 7 (Tuanzebe 67, 6); McTominay 7, Fred 6; Mata 7 (Pogba 81), Fernandes 8, Rashford 6; Martial 5 (Cavani 81). Subs: Henderson, James, Matic, Van de Beek. UP NEXT: West Brom (h), Premier League, Saturday November 21.

Referee:Paul Tierney 6.

STAR MAN:Fernandes: Goals, assists, class.

STAR SHOCKER:Rodriguez: Not fit and showed.

MATCH RATING:3

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