Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed himself to turn around Manchester United‘s form amid increasing pressure surrounding his job at Old Trafford.
“The pressure is a privilege,” the United manager told a news conference on Tuesday.
“To work in this environment you have to embrace that pressure. Yes I’ve been backed [in the transfer market] and the backing I have got says to me we are sticking to a plan but we are in a results business.
“Expectations have improved with our signings. We are here to win, don’t think twice about that.
“We have an obligation to win here in a certain style, sometimes that is risky and you lose one or two.”
Solskjaer is set to give Luke Shaw more time to prove his fitness after the left-back was forced off during the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday but captain Harry Maguire is sidelined with a calf problem.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is suspended after his red card in Switzerland.
“Luke has been in today [Tuesday] so I’ll give him a chance to be involved,” Solskjaer said. “He didn’t train with the team. Harry is more or less definitely out, it doesn’t look good.
“It’s his calf, that might take a few weeks so let’s see how quickly he recovers. He was hoping to play against Villrreal. With Aaron suspended we’ll have to make a few changes.”
Villarreal coach Unai Emery said: “Solskjaer has the respect and the backing as a former United player and now coach.
“Last season they qualified for the Champions League and reached the Europa League final.
“I don’t think a few negative results are going to change the opinion of the club executives regarding the coach.”
ESPN’s Adriana Garcia contributed to this report.