Published On: Sun, Oct 6th, 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vows to sort Man Utd heads out as Newcastle defeat compounds woes | Football | Sport

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to pick Manchester United up following the Red Devils’ latest setback – but he insists they are already on the right track.

Matty Longstaff’s fine 72nd-minute strike consigned Manchester United to a fifth game without a win as Newcastle took all three points at St James’ Park.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat leaves United 12th in the Premier League, with just nine points mustered from their opening eight games of the season.

Solskjaer’s side will return to top-flight action after the international break when they take on arch-rivals – and leaders – Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer admits he must now reinvigorate his deflated United team, who already face an almighty struggle to finish in the top four.

“We’re disappointed,” Solskjaer said. “We did lack quite a few key players but that’s no excuse.

“The players worked hard and ran their socks off but at the moment we’re in a place we’re not used to.

“Some of the boys lack a little bit of composure and we don’t create enough chances to win a game of football. They stay together as a team but we don’t create.

“Luckily for us it’s now the international break. We get time to evaluate what’s gone on over these eight games. We will sit down, hopefully we’ll get a few players back.

“It’s my responsibility. I need to sort their heads out. Young boys lacking confidence – they need some help from experienced players and staff.

“They’re human and they want to do well. They need to see the results of their hard work and we’re not getting those results so that’s going to affect them.”

United enjoyed 69 per cent of the possession at Newcastle but got just three shots on target all game.

And Solskjaer is ruing his team’s failure to produce better opportunities to hurt Newcastle.

“The first half was the sloppiest we’ve been,” Solskjaer said. “In the second half we dominated but we didn’t create.

“We’ve not changed a lot. We’ve played the same way and stuck to our principles. The players are working hard.

“We’ve had six out from the Chelsea game and that’s going to affect results. But we’ll work hard and get the quality back.”

United are light-years away from the glory days enjoyed when Solskjaer’s former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was at the helm.

Solskjaer insists, though, that United are heading in the right direction as they seek to return to the top of the table.

“It will take however long it will have to take,” Solskjaer said. “It’s a journey we’ve started on and the culture is getting there.

“I can’t give you any time but we’re getting there. We’ve given ourselves a big, big uphill challenge to get among the top four but it’s tight and we need to get a run together.

“We’ve come together and discussed the direction we’re going. If you only work on sunny days you’ll never get to your destination. We’ll have these days but we know where we want to get to.”

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