Pep Guardiola has reminded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of the job he signed up for when it comes to the harsh world of football management.
The Manchester United legend is way past the honeymoon phase of his time in charge.
And now after their Champions League exit at the group stage, despite beating PSG away and thumping RB Leipzig at home, who both ended up progressing ahead of United, he’s under real pressure.
The Red Devils cannot afford a heavy defeat at home to their neighbours in the Premier League on Saturday evening (5.30pm).
United are going well domestically of late, and fought back to beat West Ham away last time out in the top flight.
But Guardiola, whose team go into the crunch clash one point behind United, is ready to inflict more pain on the Norwegian.
The Spaniard does not think Solskjaer requires his sympathy, as he said: "That's why we get a lot of salary!
"Important is to know the value of Solskjaer is there – no doubt about this. I don't have to give him support because he is strong enough.
"He knows how it works, this job; when we win, we are a genius and when we lose, we have to be sacked. It happens in United and all the clubs around the world. This is the reality."
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A defeat to City at Old Trafford is not expected to spell the end for Solskjaer in the hot seat.
And Guardiola, whose City side comfortably reached the knockout stages, did play down United’s Champions League misery.
When asked if too much was being made of them failing to get through a tough group, Guardiola added: "Absolutely. But what is not going to change is the margin to be in the next round or be out in the group stages.
"Against PSG, [Anthony] Martial has two clear chances, one without the 'keeper and another one with just a defender on the line, and he missed it.
"At Leipzig, with the cross from [Paul] Pogba with [Harry] Maguire at the second post to score a goal, the opponent intercepts and the keeper saves the ball because he found it behind his legs. It would be 3-3 and it would be about the spirit and character and personality of United.
"This is the Champions League – we have to accept it. The margins at this level are so high and that is why big teams can be out.
"That's why always when we win one game in the group stages, I say to the players 'well done, guys, it's so difficult and you make an incredible job'.
"In the Premier League, it's the same. Every game you are able to win is so complicated, so difficult."
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