Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts Manchester United have to win a trophy soon after the investment in his squad in recent seasons.
Former United defender Gary Neville said silverware a must within the next couple of years after the signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
But United are already out of the Carabao Cup, they’ve lost their first Champions League group game to Young Boys and have dropped five points in the Premier League to Southampton and Aston Villa.
Solskjaer is pleased with the backing he’s had from the owners and understands why his former teammate Neville insists a trophy has to be on the agenda.
“That pressure is a privilege. To work in this environment you have to embrace that pressure,” he said of Neville’s comments.
“If he said we need to win a trophy this season or next because of the backing, I’ve got to say yes I have been backed and the process has worked well, [with] the backing I’ve got seems to me that we’re sticking to that plan.
“But we’re in a results business, we’re here to win. Clearly we’ve improved, expectations have improved with the signings and the better performances. I’m here to win, Gary knows that, I speak to Gary and I know that as this club we have an obligation to win and to win with a certain style of play.
“Sometimes that’s risky, maybe we’ve lost one or two recently, we changed the team in the Carabao Cup, but that’s the way we do things, we’ll get there and hopefully we’ll get there in April or May when we’re challenging for these trophies that we’d like to see back at Old Trafford.”
Neville also questioned whether United have a defined style of play under Solskjaer. That was an issue in the weekend defeat to Aston Villa when they lacked control in midfield.
Solskjaer insists his coaching staff are continuing to fine-tune patterns of play at Carrington but did admit his side had perhaps tried to attack too quickly on Saturday.
“I’ve not read that and not heard it, but of course you’re working on your style of play and you’re working on patterns, your in possession games and out of possession game,” Solskjaer said.
“The Villa game we broke up play really well defensively, attacked maybe too fast. We want a fast attacking play, Gary knows that, everyone who has been associated with Manchester United knows we want to keep the tempo up and attack quickly when we can, maybe we did it too fast.
“If you look at the stats I don’t think I’ve seen a game with less playing time, there was 45 minutes effective playing time, normally it’s 55 or 60.
“Maybe that’s because we finished the attacks too quickly, same with Villa. [We can have] more control, but if you slow it down too much it might be against a low block then and we know Villarreal defend well and can be hard to play against. We need to play quickly. Gary knows what DNA is here at the club and what we’re trying to do.”