Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for time to transform Manchester United’s fortunes after defeat at Newcastle left him with a “big, uphill challenge” of finishing in the top four.

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United succumbed to a second-half strike from Premier League debutant Matty Longstaff at St. James’ Park as their winless away record stretched to a dismal 11 games.

A third defeat of the season has left United 12th in the table with just eight points from their opening eight games – their worst start to a season in 30 years – and Solskjaer fearing objectives for the campaign may already be out of reach.

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