Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says former Manchester United ahead Robin van Persie “does not have the right” to criticise his administration model.
Van Persie mentioned he was not proud of Solskjaer’s demenour after Wednesday’s 2-Zero defeat by Arsenal, telling BT Sport “this is not the moment to smile”.
“I don’t know Robin and Robin doesn’t know me,” Solskjaer mentioned on Friday.
“He probably doesn’t have a right to criticise my management style and I won’t change.”
Van Persie gained the Premier League title with Manchester United after becoming a member of the membership from Arsenal in 2012.
He made 86 appearances for the membership, scoring 48 targets, earlier than transferring to Turkish aspect Fenerbahce in 2015.
Solskjaer scored 91 targets in 235 appearances for the Reds between 1996 and 2007.
“Yeah Robin, he took my [shirt] number 20 and that’s probably all he’s going to take from me as well,” Solskjaer mentioned.
Manchester United are fifth within the Premier League, trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by 4 factors, however they’ve but to win three Premier League video games in a row this season.
They face Wolves within the third spherical of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Pogba operation for ‘bone fragments’
With Scott McTominay dominated out for eight weeks with a knee ligament damage and Paul Pogba lacking for at least 4 weeks after ankle surgical procedure, United’s lack of midfield choices is once more inflicting Solskjaer a headache.
United may have Fred and Nemanja Matic accessible for the FA Cup tie towards Wolves at Molineux.
There had been discuss Matic leaving Outdated Trafford throughout the present switch window however Solskjaer has dominated that out and it’s understood midfield is likely one of the areas the membership are attempting to strengthen.
Their drawback is that whereas gamers in that place can be found – former Liverpool participant Emre Can is surplus to necessities at Juventus – the membership don’t need to get bounced into both paying an excessive amount of for a participant they do need or signing somebody as a short-term measure, even when the consequence is sustained on-field inconsistency.
“We have been looking to strengthen the squad in different positions,” mentioned Solskjaer. “However in midfield, initially of the season we had 4 match gamers for 2 positions and we did not discover the suitable one for the worth.
“After all, [the injuries] are an enormous blow. You could possibly most likely deal with it with three gamers rotating.
“If you’ve got two fit it is a hard task for them. We will just have to ask them to keep going if they can. You can’t just accept we’re tired.”
After the confusion of Wednesday night time, Solskjaer additionally clarified Pogba’s damage state of affairs, stating the Frenchman’s newest surgical procedure has been to clear up some bone fragments across the ankle.
“If the player is not happy with what he’s feeling and he’s got loads of pain, then it might be a worry it can get worse,” mentioned Solskjaer.
The United boss was not impressed by the feedback of Pogba’s high-profile and controversial agent Mino Raiola, who this week accused the membership of “ruining” gamers and mentioned he would now not ship his to Outdated Trafford.
Requested if brokers ought to be providing their opinions on golf equipment, Solskjaer mentioned: “No.”
Neither did he suppose it will be sensible for Pogba to begin speaking in public himself, believing one of the simplest ways for United’s £89m file signing to take care of criticism is thru his performances.
“Paul is a top player who we have missed this season,” he mentioned.
“He’s very dedicated to coming again and enjoying properly for us however it’s exhausting to speak while you’re injured. His speaking must be performed when he comes again on the pitch.
“A very powerful factor is that we get him match.”