Pep Guardiola says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not need his support as pressure builds on the Manchester United boss ahead of Saturday’s derby.
United go into the game at Old Trafford one place and one point above Manchester City in the Premier League, but were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage after losing 3-2 to RB Leipzig in midweek.
Their exit saw Solskjaer installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job, and a negative result in this weekend’s Manchester derby will only increase the heat on the 47-year-old.
But Guardiola does not think Solskjaer requires his sympathy, saying ahead of the trip Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports: “That’s why we get a lot of salary!
“Important is to know the value of Solskjaer is there – no doubt about this. I don’t have to give him support because he is strong enough.
“He knows how it works, this job; when we win, we are a genius and when we lose, we have to be sacked. It happens in United and all the clubs around the world. This is the reality.”
United’s loss in Leipzig on Tuesday came after they fell 3-0 down to the German side, who qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League at their expense.
United also had to contend with last season’s runners-up, Paris Saint-Germain, and when asked if too much was being made of them failing to get through a tough group, Guardiola said: “Absolutely.
“But what is not going to change is the margin to be in the next round or be out in the group stages.
“Against PSG, [Anthony] Martial has two clear chances, one without the ‘keeper and another one with just a defender on the line, and he missed it.