Solskjaer reacts to defeat at Wolves

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The likes of Arsenal and Chelsea mostly have easy games for the remainder of the league season but Man United will have to face the likes of Man City, Everton and Chelsea. "That's the poorest performance since I've come here".

"The more games you win, the more confidence you breed, the more hunger there is in the players", Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday. "If you want to win the Champions League, you must beat anyone".

His record is still mightily impressive - this was only United's third defeat in 19 games under his management - but the positive momentum of Solskjaer's early weeks in charge has given way to successive defeats.

Despite being heavy favourite to land the job full-time, the club are yet to make an official announcement although Solskjaer is now openly talking about planning for the summer transfer window - including links with Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, whose future is uncertain following Zinedine Zidane's return to the Bernabeu. "Then if we had the possession, [it was] too comfortable - I think we played it too comfortable". "We will respect everybody in the semi-finals".

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These near misses only made Wolves more determined, and once they found the breakthrough through Jimenez they never looked like letting their lead slip.

"Now is not the squeaky bum time like the gaffer [Sir Alex Ferguson] used to say but it tightens up and April and May and at Manchester United we narrow the focus and it's now about winning trophies, making use of the squad".

Asked whether this defeat could harm his chances of becoming permanent manager, Solskjaer replied: "I'm here until the summer, we've got loads to play for in the league and the Champions League".

"The confidence in the players, it's sky high". I thought that was maybe the biggest letdown and the urgency, because we are better when we play quickly, we play forward, we run forward.

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