Matic backing Solskjaer stay despite United wobble

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has added his voice to those of his team-mates who want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to stay.

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic   -  Getty Images

Nemanja Matic has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get Manchester United back on track after consecutive defeats and wants the crowd favourite to remain as manager for the long term.

United lost 2-1 to Wolves in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Saturday, six days on from its first domestic defeat of Solskjaer's tenure at Arsenal in the Premier League.

It remains well placed in a top-four battle it looked set to observe from a distance during the final days of Jose Mourinho's reign, while the Champions League quarterfinal draw has thrown up a mouth-watering showdown with Barcelona.

"I am sure the manager will turn this situation around and we will do better," Matic said, as quoted by United's official website.

"I want Ole to stay. He is a great manager, very positive.

"We have to give our best now to reach the top four. We cannot let it go like this."

Matic added: "Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham will give their best to be in the top four. Everybody knows that.

"If you see that two months ago we were 11 points behind Chelsea, then now we are in a much better position. We have eight finals to play for us so we have to learn from this defeat."

 

Arsenal occupies fourth spot in the Premier League and is two points ahead of United with eight games remaining after its potentially pivotal win over Solskjaer's side at Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea is a point further back in sixth following its 2-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday, while third-placed Tottenham is a point better off than Arsenal but must still have to travel to both Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of the season.