Nemanja Matic admits ‘everyone is sad’ at Manchester United after defeat to Leicester City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure as Manchester United manager (Picture: Getty Images)

Nemanja Matic admits that ‘everyone is sad’ at Manchester United after defeat to Leicester City on Saturday and has issued an apology to fans after the below-par performance.

The Red Devils were downed 4-2 at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League as their poor run of results continues.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have lost three and drawn one of their last five games in all competitions, and although they remain fifth in the league table, the pressure is certainly mounting on the manager.

Matic, who started the match against the Foxes, could not pretend that the mood in the camp is good at the moment, but has promised that the squad will be working hard to turn things around.

‘We are sorry for them [the supporters],’ said the 33-year-old. ‘They support us, especially away [and] they are top. They deserve much, much better than this.

‘We will do our best to make them happy in the future. But we have 14 points – we are still in the title race. We don’t want to give up until the end.

Nemanja Matic started the 4-2 loss to Leicester on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Of course, we are disappointed. Everyone is sad, everyone is with their head down at the moment. But when you play for Man United, if you don’t win the game of course you are disappointed, but we have to stick together.

‘It’s time to stick together, to analyse this game as soon as possible, then to think about the next one, which is in three or four days against a very good side, Atalanta. It’s also going to be hard.

‘We are very disappointed, but I think that, in the future, we will show we are much better than this.’

United host Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night before welcoming Liverpool to Old Trafford in the Premier League next weekend so things are not getting any easier for them.

Solskjaer offered little by way of specifics on how he intends to turn things around, but simply said, ‘we need to sort this out.’

‘You have to bounce back,’ he said. ‘You have to respond. We’ve had the international break to look at things.

‘Everyone’s been away and maybe they came into this confident, because they’ve done well their international teams. But we need to sort this out.

‘We have five games until the next break and we’ve got to stick together. There’s no other way to do it. You cannot lose focus; you’ve got to trust yourself, trust your team-mates and make sure that we’re ready on Wednesday night because that will be a difficult game as well.’

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