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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has spoken out on the pressure reportedly facing Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The pair will be on the Goodison Park touchline this weekend as their sides meet.
Following a midweek Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in particular, it has been suggested that Solskjaer’s position at Old Trafford could be under threat. Speaking about the pressure managers face and whether he has sympathy for his opposite number this weekend.
Ancelotti told his pre-match press conference: “In general I have sympathy for all the managers, it is a difficult job. I have more experience than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I can say to him that when things are not good, there is only one responsible. That is the manager, no doubt for this.
“Every manager is under pressure. I can say this is a privilege, the pressure that we have is a privilege. We have to be able to analyse ourselves, but with a cold mind.”
Ancelotti is expecting a tough test on Saturday regardless of United’s inconsistencies.
“It is a great opportunity tomorrow to forget these two defeats, to stay at the top of the table,” he added. “It’s difficult, because we know that Manchester United is a strong team. But we want to take this opportunity.
“It’s never a good moment to play against United, because they are a team with experience and a lot of quality. It’s true they were up and down in this first period of the season, but it’s also true they played some games really well.
“We have to expect, for the fact they lost their last two games, a team with a strong motivation. We prepared the game as usual, trying to find some weakness that they have, that every team in the world has.
“We are sure that tomorrow will be a difficult game because they have all the qualities a team needs. They have creativity, they have power, they have good organisation. It will be difficult but we want to do our best.”