Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning for the next two transfer windows at Manchester United, with the Red Devils boss claiming to have no fears regarding his future.It has been suggested that the Norwegian could be on borrowed time after failing to deliver the upturn in fortune demanded at Old Trafford.The 1999 Treble winner says that is because long-term plans are being put in place, with there acceptance that some big calls in the recent past would impact on the present. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career He believes the United board remain fully behind him, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward offering no indication that further change is being considered.Instead, the Red Devils are looking to continue building for the future, with potential targets being indentified for 2020.Solskjaer told reporters when quizzed on his position and the questioning of it: “I speak to Ed loads of times and we speak regularly. We’ve spoken so many times.“We do have a plan and we have made some decisions in the short-term that would harm us but in the long-term would benefit us. And that’s part of the plan.“But results are always the main thing and we can move forward quicker with results and performances. I am sure we will get there.“But there’s planning for the next transfer window and summer transfer window.”Pressed further on whether he believes he can turn things around, Solskjaer added: “I’ve never felt it’s too big for me and I’m confident in what we’re trying to do and with my staff.“I’ve been so impressed, the coaching improvement is there to see for us and it is about starting to win games, start scoring goals, we need to create more chances because at the back I think we’ve looked solid but haven’t been adventurous enough, taken enough risks.“If you watch the best teams around, they take more risks, make more runs and maybe the boys when they lose confidence they play safe and it’s my duty to say it’s not safety.”United have taken just nine points from eight Premier League games this season, but Solskjaer insists the mood inside the camp is better than many on the outside believe.He added ahead of a home date with title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday: “We’ve come a long way on what you call the culture, the environment that we’re working in. It’s positive – the staff and players know when it’s Liverpool coming up, it’s a game that’s going to be watched by so many. When you sign for Manchester United this is the first one you look forward to against one of the main rivals and it’s a chance for them to, as I did a couple of times, get in the history books.“The mood in a football club is always affected by results but it’s been better than expected within here and people that you meet can see what we’re trying to do.“But winning games is the biggest thing, that breeds confidence. It’s a determined bunch of players and club but you can’t say we walk around smiling all the time.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
OTTAWA — Japan’s visiting prime minister was keen to talk to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about Canadian shale gas exports to his energy-hungry country — before telling the world about his country’s priorities at the United Nations.Energy was one area of common ground shared by Harper and Shinzo Abe during his brief visit Tuesday to Ottawa before both leaders headed to New York where the United Nations General Assembly was convening.The UN, however, is where one key difference between them will emerge: unlike Abe, Harper won’t be addressing the assembly — a decision seen by some analysts as part of an ongoing snub of the world body.Abe, who is scheduled to address the General Assembly on Thursday, views the UN as an important forum for his country to engage with the world, said Japanese officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak with the media.In particular, they said, Abe wants to stress the importance of strengthening the role of women, especially in business.In a speech in Britain this past summer, Abe spoke of the need to “liberate the power that women possess.”Japanese officials acknowledged that Abe’s views were in sync with Harper’s signature project from the Canadian-hosted 2010 G8 summit: the Muskoka Initiative aimed at lowering the death rate of young mothers and children in poor countries.This week, rather than address the assembly, Harper will instead take part in a side event on maternal and child health, and also a talk on the economy hosted by the Canadian American Business Council.“As you know, the prime minister has delivered UN General Assembly speeches in the past — in fact, twice as many times as the two former Liberal prime ministers,” said spokesman Carl Vallee.Canadian officials said Harper would be making an announcement Wednesday morning on maternal and child health, to bolster Canada’s commitment to the cause.“It will give the prime minister the opportunity to continue to exercise international leadership on maternal health, which is an issue close to his heart,” Vallee said.The government agreed to spend $1.1-billion between 2010 and 2015 on a global action to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and children in the world’s poorest countries. A further $1.75-billion in funding was announced later as ongoing spending on maternal and child health programs.Harper welcomed Abe to his Parliament Hill office, where Japanese officials say their prime minister wanted to explore options around Canada’s shale gas deposits.Japanese officials say that their country is looking for alternatives to nuclear energy following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled reactors at the Fukushima plant.Harper has made exporting Canadian energy to Asia a key economic priority because of delays by the United States in approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry Canadian oilsands bitumen to the Gulf coast.Harper will be joined by a team of Conservative ministers in New York this week.Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is to give Canada’s address to the General Assembly on Monday, a less-than-desirable speaking slot that follows world leaders this week. U.S. President Barack Obama took the podium on Tuesday.Earlier this week, a coalition of former federal cabinet ministers, senior diplomats, academics and foreign-policy experts urged Harper this week to consider a deeper level of engagement with the UN.