Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he still has the backing of the Manchester United hierarchy and is not concerned about his position.
United have lost two of their last three Premier League games and won just five of their 11 fixtures so far this season, having gone out of the Carabao Cup at the first stage.
The 4-2 defeat at Leicester on Saturday has fuelled speculation over Solskjaer’s future in a season United are expected to challenge for the title at the bare minimum.
United rewarded Solskjaer with a three-year contract in July and the executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said last month he had never been more certain of success at the club.
“We’ve progressed over the years,” Solskjaer said. “Sixth when I was here for half a season, then third, second, you can see the progress, the development, the improvement.
“This season, we still want to improve. We’ve signed some players that have raised expectations. Other teams have signed players and improved as well. We’re in the same boat as all of the top teams.
“There’s pressure all of the time, there’s pressure on me, of course. We’ve been under pressure before but come through it. I’m just looking forward to the response now and, as you said, I’m in dialogue with the club all of the time, so that’s an open and honest discussion.
“After every game, we look through the game, we analyse the game, we look at what we did well and what we didn’t do well. You move on quickly to the next opponent.
“It’s Atalanta, it’s a different opposition, a different competition, and we focus on what we need to be good at in this game.
“And as I’ve said there’s been loads of stuff that hasn’t been good enough lately and we’ve put a few things right and hopefully tomorrow we can see the result from that with a good performance.”
Solskjaer started his press conference by addressing the comments he made about Marcus Rashford, sat next to him, ahead of the Leicester game when he said the United forward should ‘prioritise his football and focus on football’.
Solskjaer was quoted verbatim and the majority of headlines were written faithfully, but the United manager took umbrage with how it was presented by some outlets.
“Just to get the elephant out of the room straight away with the headlines that came from the chat I had before the Leicester game,” Solskjaer began. “We’re so unbelievably proud by Marcus has done on and off the pitch.
“You know what I said and made a headline out of one little comment that I never intended to be the focus of what I was saying. It must be nice for the boy to focus on going into training not feeling his ankle, his shoulder, or his back, and he can just enjoy his football.”