Solskjaer is under increasing pressure after Saturday’s abject 4-2 defeat at Leicester, which means United have one just one of their last five games in all competitions.
Despite assurances from the United hierarchy that his job is safe, Solskjaer knows he must start winning games, to ensure that backing from the board does not start to waver amid fan mutiny.
United host Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday and arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday, part of a run that also sees them face champions Manchester City in just over two weeks.
Ahead of the European tie, Solskjaer admitted United are struggling, but pointed to the progress made under him and insisted his players will come through it a better side.
“Every team will go through a patchy period and we’re in one now of poor form,” said Solskjaer.
“We know that and we hold our hands up that we need to improve.
“Every team will go through that every year. We’ve come through it and come through it stronger.
“As I’ve said so many times to you and everyone, the coaching staff we have are absolutely amazing in terms of their attention to detail, the sessions they put on and the preparation.
“I don’t think I can ask for better staff. They’re good Man United people and with one intention in mind and that’s to improve the team, help the players and to help the team and players grow.
“We go through difficult times together, we’ve spoken as a group about what we need to do and hopefully the reaction will come tomorrow.”
United have progressed season-on-season under Solskjaer, improving their Premier League position, but there is a growing belief among fans he has taken the team as far as he can.
Already out of the Carabao Cup, United have also lost ground on their title rivals, with Solskjaer aware a heavy defeat at home to arch rivals Liverpool would test the board’s resolve to stand by him.
United haven’t won a trophy under Solskjaer
But Solskjaer insists the progress made under him means United remain on the right track, despite their recent blip.
“We’ve progressed over the years,” said Solskjaer. “Sixth when I was here for half a season, then third, then second, so you can see the progress, improvement and development.
“This season, we still want to improve. We’ve signed players that have raised expectations, other teams have signed players and improved as well, so we’re in the same boat as all the top teams.”
Solskjaer admitted the mood among his players was downbeat in the wake of the Leicester loss, but said he had seen a reaction in training that convinced him they will get back to winning ways.
“When you ask about moods, it’s not a gimmicky, jovial happy camp, but we’re focused and determined, and you look at yourself as to how you can help the team,” said Solskjaer.
“I’ve seen a reaction from the players and probably conceding four goals is a big eye-opener for us that we need to improve on different levels and on loads of details.”
“It’s very important to bounce back and that’s what we’re aiming for now. A win against a very good Atalanta side would be massive for us and a big boost.”