Solskjaer vows Man United won't collapse

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Under-fire Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he can understand the growing criticism and pressure but promises his team won't "fall like a house of cards" after their back-to-back defeats.

Having reacted impressively to a chastening 6-1 home defeat to predecessor Jose Mourinho's Tottenham at the start of October, things have again gone awry in the first week of November.

United fell to an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Champions League new boys Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday, just days after putting in a flat performance in a 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

Scrutiny has ratcheted up on Solskjaer ahead of Saturday's crunch trip to Everton, where they will leave with their lowest points tally after seven matches since 1989-90 should they fail to win.

Asked if he is as certain of being successful at United as he was when permanently appointed manager, Solskjaer said: "Yeah, why wouldn't I be?

"If I don't trust my beliefs and values and my staff's quality and the players' quality, who else should?

"I don't look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards. But, yeah, setback definitely.

"I think there's been too much made of, say, not scoring against Arsenal and Chelsea because there's been more-or-less nothing in those two games.

"It's not too long ago we were the best thing since sliced bread when you beat Leipzig and PSG (in the Champions League), so there's ups and downs in football and that's just the way it has to be.

"You've got to have that belief in yourself, belief in the players."

Alex Telles is back in training for United after being ruled out recently following a positive COVID-19 test.