Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has apologised to Manchester United supporters for the club’s poor form – but has insisted they will get through their ‘bad period’.
Solskjaer has won only five of his 19 games in permanent charge, and United are sitting 12th in the table this term having won only two matches.
“We’re unhappy with the results and it’s the results that bring out the mood of everyone, and I’ve got to say sorry to the fans that we’re not winning games.
“But that’s down to that now as well, we have started a rebuild. This is not a similar situation to when I was sat here after Everton last year when I felt people had given up and they don’t give what they have for the shirt.
“These boys give everything they’ve got for the shirt, and we’ll get there again.”
He added to talkSPORT: “Of course, everything that happens at Man United, with the size of this club, will be magnified because of the poor results.
“It’s a bad period, we’ve got to be honest enough, this period after we beat Leicester has been a poor one.
“We’ve lost to West Ham, we’ve lost to Newcastle and it’s hard for us to take, but we’ll get through it. That’s the key – the attitude, culture and work-rate of the players.
“This is not a similar situation to what I felt was happening towards the end of last season where we just went flat.
“This is a hard-working group with a desire, we’re just lacking in a few departments at the moment.”
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard all missed the Newcastle defeat through injury or illness.
And Solskjaer admits the international break comes at the ‘perfect’ time for his injury-hit squad, with their next fixture against arch rivals Liverpool.
Solskjaer added: “It’s perfect timing because at the moment everyone needs to clear their heads.
“We’ve got Liverpool coming up and we’ve got a very long period to prepare for that one. I know the fans and the players will be up for that one.”