Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are in “a different era” and accepts there will be more “ups and downs” as he attempts to build a team capable of challenging for trophies.
Having never finished lower than third in the Premier League table under Sir Alex Ferguson, United have only once bettered that position since his retirement – coming second during the 2017-18 campaign.
United’s start to this season is their worst in 30 years and although Solskjaer is confident his side can turn it around, he accepts they do not possess the fear factor of years gone by.
“We’re not in the 90s now so it’s a different era, a different group that we’re building. We know there are going to be ups and downs,” he said.
“I don’t know what opponents think of us. I just know that sometimes when you walk off games we’re not doing bad.
“Sometimes there’s a gap. I’ve felt that a couple of times but not very often. I can’t think about what anyone else is thinking about us. We’re working to improve and that’s what we have to do.”
United’s 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday stretched their winless run away from home to 10 games in all competitions, dating back to March.