Ole: We must be mentally strong
"At this club you've got to be stronger mentally than anywhere else in the world," the boss told reporters...
Ole, you said things can't be done immediately, but we saw with for instance Pep Guardiola at City, he spent 500 million or whatever it was very quickly and we've seen the results. Why can't Manchester United do that? “For me we do have a way of doing things. Of course you can see other teams have done well. You can see Jurgen [Klopp] has spent four years building his team and they're doing well now, so of course I've said it so many times, it's not going to be a quick fix. It's not going to be eight players in, or 10 players in, in one transfer window. We've had one transfer window, a proper one, in the summer, because Januarys are difficult, but we are still trying to do something now.” Just on that. The desire for you to do well is very evident from the match-going support. They've been fully behind you. A lot recognise it's a long-term job. What convinces you that you will absolutely get the time and it could be years to implement the change you want? “You know when you start on something you stick to that plan. For me anyway. I'm not going to change six or eight or nine, 10 months after I got the job and start believing in a different way of doing things. I'm going to stick to what I've been trusted to do by the club and hopefully that will be good enough and that they can see what we're doing is right. You know, it's one of these jobs, we know how football is nowadays but all my conversations with the club have been positive.” Do you think it's about collectively holding your nerve, ignoring what's going on outside and sticking together resolutely? “We can't react to all the noise outside. Of course there's always going to be criticism, you've got to take the criticism at this club, you've got to be stronger mentally probably than anywhere else in the world. I feel I am, the club is strong, the staff I've got with me they're very strong mentally. So we're sticking to what we believe in and I've got full faith in what we're doing.”