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Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek has ramped up the pressure on Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (AP)

Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek has ramped up the pressure on Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (AP)

Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek has ramped up the pressure on Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (AP)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he still has full confidence in his own abilities as he heads into what could be a make-or-break game at Everton on Saturday.

United boss Solskjaer appears to be clinging onto his job after a woeful start to the season culminated with a horrible 2-1 defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday night.

Yet despite pressure mounting around him, Solskjaer offered up a defiant message as he spoke in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game at Goodison Park.

"If I don't trust my beliefs and values, my staff's qualities and the quality of my players, who else should?" he asked.

"I don't look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards. It's a setback, definitely, but I think there's been too much made of not scoring against Arsenal and Chelsea, because there's been more or less nothing in those two games.

"It's not long ago that we were the best thing since sliced bread when we beat RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain.

"There's ups and downs in football and that's just the way it has to be and you've got to have that belief in yourself and belief in the players.

"From what I've seen from the boys, they've been very focused since we've come back and are ready to give a response.

"You don't have to be happy to still stay positive. On difficult days in life, you know there will be better ones coming. I know these players well enough and I trust them enough to respond."

History may be about to repeat itself as David Moyes lost his job as United manager after a game at Goodison Park in 2014, but the current United boss is hopeful he can avoid that fate.

"I've always had a very good, open, honest and positive dialogue with the club. They've shown strong leadership and I've had good dialogue continually since I came in," Solskjaer added.

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"Of course, there's always pressure and expectations on us but I've grown up here and I became a man at Manchester United.

"I've learned how to deal with good and bad times. You're a top coach or manager when you win and you're bad when you lose, because you're not really better than your last game.

"Every game of football becomes history quickly and we've just got to go into Goodison Park in a positive frame of mind.

"You have to be mentally strong. There's demands on a Manchester United player, coach and manager and there's also expectation because we are the best and biggest club in the world.

"You don't expect to have anything but criticism. It's just how you deal with it and how you deal with those setbacks."

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