Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted the pressure is building as the beleaguered boss questioned Manchester United’s desire after Saturday’s damaging 4-2 defeat at Leicester.
Solskjaer will face renewed scrutiny after United’s collapse at the King Power Stadium left them without a win in their last three Premier League games.
“The whole performance was not good enough with and without the ball,” Solskjaer said.
The United manager saw Mason Greenwood open the scoring early on, only for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans to equalise before half-time.
Caglar Soyuncu put Leicester in front in the closing stages before Marcus Rashford marked his first appearance this season after shoulder surgery with United’s leveller.
In a dramatic denouement, Leicester ended United’s English league record 29-game unbeaten run away from home with goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka in the last seven minutes.
It was a bitter blow for Solskjaer, who had already endured criticism after United were beaten by Aston Villa and held by Everton in their final games before the recent international break.
While Solskjaer may not be in immediate danger of the sack, the Norwegian must emerge with some notable victories from a testing period featuring matches against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Atalanta twice in the Champions League.
“Every time you lose, the pressure builds of course, but we are used to living with that pressure,” Solskjaer said.
“We are Man Utd. We’ve got to bounce back. Something may have to change. Do we need more legs in there? What do we need? It is one that we have to really analyse.”
Cristiano Ronaldo started after Solskjaer controversially left him on the bench for the first 57 minutes against Everton, but the Portugal star was held in check.
Spluttering United have won only one of their last five games in all competitions.
“We have had too many games where we have lost points so we need to look at the whole set up and balance of the team and maybe something has to give,” added the United boss.
“Every point in the Premier League you have to fight for. You have to tackle, block and win headers and in key moments today we didn’t do that enough.”
Adding to United’s woes, the club were forced to defend their decision to fly the 100-mile journey to Leicester.
Claiming their travel plans changed due to “circumstances” amid reports of motorway traffic congestion, United were accused of disregarding climate change issues.