Sport Unai Emery urges Man United to keep faith with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backs Jadon Sancho to become a 'top forward'
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Jadon Sancho has what it takes to be 'a top forward' for Manchester United despite enduring a relatively slow start to life at Old Trafford. United signed the former Borussia Dortmund winger on a five-year contract worth £73million this summer. However, he has done little to warrant his price tag.Nevertheless, Solskjaer believes Sancho will become a star in '15 years' as he is currently 'learning how to play in the Premier League' and 'improving' all the time.
Villarreal boss Unai Emery has urgedto show patience with despite the club's early-season blip.
Emery, who faces Solskjaer in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, knows just how ruthless thecan be after he was sacked by in 2019 following just 18 months in charge at the Emirates.
Solskjaer is under pressure at United after losing three of his last four games including the Group F opener to Young Boys in Switzerland.
Although there is no indication whatsoever that his job is under threat, former teammates Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Teddy Sheringham are among those who have warned that the Norwegian must deliver a trophy this season.
Solskjaer showers Lingard with praise after his 'zero-to-hero' week
Lingard's terrible pass intended for David de Gea was cut by Jordan Siebatcheu to back it 2-1 to Young Boys in the dying moments of Thursday's clash - but the 28-year-old responded emphatically.Lingard came on for Cristiano Ronaldo in Bern, with his pass deep into stoppage time intended for David de Gea cut out by Jordan Siebatcheu, who slotted home.
Emery insists there is no reason for United to panic, saying: 'I've lived that when I was in Arsenal. Solskjaer is a former Manchester United player and a head coach who has a lot of support and respect.
'He was in the Champions League last year and reached the Europa League final. This year he has many challenges ahead and it is true that he has had some negative results, but it wouldn't be wise for the club to change the vision they have for the head coach.'
Emery masterminded Villarreal's shock win over United in the Europa League final just four months ago, winning 11-10 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Gdansk, but he insists that Solskjaer's side will be favourites again on Wednesday.
'If we see the squad one by one and take into account what Manchester United represents in history, they are the clear favourites,' added Emery.
Ferdinand plays down talk of animosity between himself and Solskjaer
Solskjaer delivered a scathing assessment recently on several of Ferdinand's remarks, which saw him comment on Phil Jones and Cristiano Ronaldo. But former United defender Ferdinand, a team-mate of Solskjaer's during their Old Trafford days, has moved to cool down any lingering heat from their exchanges. © Provided by Daily Mail ( 'Ole's come for me the other day in the paper!' Ferdinand joked on the latest Vibe with Five show. 'He came for me, I can't believe it! 'When I see Ole, I'm going to give him a big hug.
'That team from the final also has Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, so if they were very good then they have improved even more.
'I'm not afraid of Manchester United – we respect them and respect is important. If you lose respect the other team may take advantage of that.
Individually have very good players – attackers like Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Ronaldo. These are three attackers who could play in any team.
'They lost against Young Boys. It was the favourite versus the less favourite, but there was a surprise.
'Tomorrow's Manchester United will be the best Manchester United, they have to prove their power.'
Solskjaer insists the pressure of managing Man United is a 'privilege' .
Solskjaer goes into Wednesday's Champions League group clash with Villarreal having lost three of his last four games in all competitions and is trying to avoid a third home defeat in a week. Gary Neville has become the latest of Solskjaer's ex-teammates to say that the Norwegian must deliver a trophy following similar warnings from Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Teddy Sheringham. © Provided by Daily Mail ( © Provided by Daily Mail ( UNITED'S LAST FOUR MATCHES The United boss insists that he appreciates the cold reality of football but also believes that he has the support of his employers.