- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn’t impressed with Van Persie criticism about his job
- The gaffer said Van Persie had no right to critique his personality
- Van Persie seemed to suggest Solskjaer was too nice, and he had to work on being a bit mean for the sake of results
Manchester United manager Ole Gnnar Solskjaer has fired back at Robin Van Persie after the ex Red Devil criticized his personality.
Van Persie, who helped United to a Premier League title in 2013, was critical of Solskjaer’s demeanor following the side’s 2-0 defeat to bitter rivals Arsenal on New Years’.
The Dutchman was adamant Solskjaer was too nice, saying he should afford some ruthlessness, especially when players do not perform to the required levels.
“Look at him now, he is smiling. At times you have to be mean to the players,” Van Persie spoke as a pundit on BT Sport.
Solskjaer, who has had a topsy turvy season, hit back in a press conference as Manchester United prepare to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA cup.
In a rare show of assertiveness, Solskjaer did not play down the incident as he hit out at Van Persie by saying he had no right to criticize him in any form.
“I don’t know Robin , he doesn’t know me. He probably doesn’t have the right to criticize my management style,” the gaffer reiterated.
His rant did not end there as he finished with a punch line involving the famous United Number 20 shirt.
“He obviously took my Number 20 and that is the only thing he will take away from me,”
Van Persie isn’t the first person to criticize Solskjaer this season, although it looks like he might have crossed the line by going for the gaffer’s persona.
Solskjaer, 46, was known as the Baby Faced Assasin back in his playing days because of his innocent look and superb ability to score goals.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Nemanja Matic and Marcos Rojo were reportedly been told by Manchester United chiefs that they are free to leave Old Trafford before the transfer window closes.
These two players have not been having it rosy this season at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They never got active playing time also under Jose Mourinho.
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