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pressure building Manchester United make their stance clear on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's position at the club

United chiefs seem determined to give their manager every chance to turn a corner.

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure after Saturday's 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City, yet Old Trafford insiders have made it clear that they are not planning to sack the Norwegian imminently.

After Aston Villa boss Dean Smith became the fifth Premier League manager to be sacked this season on Sunday, Solskjaer is the red-hot favourite with the bookies to be the next to go.

Yet United chiefs seem determined to give their manager every chance to turn a corner, with sources telling Sky Sports they will not be making a change during this week's international break.

That news has left many United fans exasperated, with the level of performance in the derby game against City highlighting a gulf in class between the two sides.

Yet while Solskjaer's former United team-mate Gary Neville admits the manager is under pressure, he believes the club will stand by him for as long as they can.

"Ole is under massive, massive pressure but the first thing that has to happen is that he needs a team with courage," Neville told Sky Sports.

"I don't think there is any chance there will a decision on the manager during this season unless it gets so bad and it is getting to the point where it is so bad.

"Nobody has expected this. Nobody would have expected United would sink so low at this point in the season. I think he has a few weeks to sort it out.

"Up to the end of last season, the feeling here was that there was progression because they finished second in the league. Everyone then thought that they got their recruitment right in the summer.

"So the club has not planned for this. I know there are some United fans who think the club should have acted two weeks ago because Antonio Conte was available but this club was never going to appoint Conte and they are not prepared for this moment because they have the plan behind Ole."

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