Crisis averted as Man United and Solskjaer come out fighting

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Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer walks to the bench during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester United at the Goodison Park stadium in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (Clive Brunskill/Pool via AP)

Manchester United’s players came out fighting for their under-fire manager on Saturday.

After his team’s stirring comeback in a 3-1 win at Everton in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t hold back, either.

“The authorities set us up to fail,” an angry Solskjaer said, in reference to United having to play around 48 hours after returning from a grueling trip to Turkey for a Champions League game.

“We’ve had enough of that. I’ve had enough.”

It was a release of energy and emotion by Solskjaer at the end of a week when his managerial credentials were widely questioned — not for the first time.

A 1-0 home loss to Arsenal, which plunged United to 15th place in the fledgling league standings, was followed by a 2-1 defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir, a Champions League newcomer containing a number of Premier League castoffs.

Acknowledging he was back under pressure, Solskjaer called for patience from the club’s ownership and fans. The man known as the “Baby-Faced Assassin” during his playing days at United has had a habit of getting a result when he needs one most during his time as the club’s manager — and he did it again at Goodison Park.

United responded to going behind in the 19th minute to a goal from Brazilian winger Bernard by scoring twice — both times through playmaker Bruno Fernandes — before halftime. Edinson Cavani capped the fightback with his first goal for United deep in stoppage time.