Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Responds To Roy Keane's Criticism After West Ham Loss
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Roy Keane after the former Manchester United midfielder claimed he was 'shocked and saddened' and that the team lacked desire.
Keane's comments came on Sky Sports after he was in the studio for United's 2-0 Premier League loss to West Ham last weekend.
Speaking to Sky, ahead of the team's game against Arsenal on Monday night, Solskjaer responded to say that he was angry at the result, saying "Why wouldn't you be angry when you lose a game? Of course you're angry within. That's one thing; you put pressure on yourself, and you're competitive. I want to win every single training session. I wanted to beat Roy in cards on the team coach! But I don't show it to everyone.
"Maybe the ones who know me the best will see how I feel. I can't go out [like that], I manage my way, and lead the players my way, and I lead these players the way I deem to be right, and what's said in the dressing room is said in there, and it stays there."
Keane also pointed fingers at the board, suggested the team needed more time but also claimed the manager would soon be under pressure, saying, "If you are looking at the board, how much money have they spent?
"There was a feel-good factor for Ole at the start. You can hang your hat on Rashford but he is not that kind of striker. They need time, three or four transfer windows.
"If you lose like today and not get results, the pressure builds and builds. You won't get time."
And Solskjaer agrees that it'll be a long bumpy road to build United back up to title challengers, adding, "There's no lack of desire there. For us it's about building a new culture, building a new team, bringing everybody together. Is it the job I expected? Yes. I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. It's step after step after step.
"Of course, we've hit a few bumps in the road, I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. Rome wasn't built in a day. We need time, and the attitude of the boys has been great. [We must] keep working on improving the understanding and relationships between all players, and the style we want to play."
Will United get back on track with a win against Arsenal on Monday?