“When I listen to Ole, he sounds like a really nice guy. I would like to see him a bit more mean at times, just be angry. I see him smiling now after a game like that. This is not the moment to smile,” van Persie claimed following Manchester United’s loss to Arsenal.
However, the Norweigan boss didn’t take those comments lightly and didn’t hesitate to fire back at van Persie, claiming he doesn’t have a right to talk about the way he coaches his players:
“I don’t know Robin and Robin doesn’t know me. He probably doesn’t have a right to criticize my management style and I won’t change. That’s definite. He took my No. 20 and that’s probably all he’s going to take from me as well. I’m not in medieval times,” a clearly disgusted Solskjaer told the media, as quoted by The Sun.
Solskjaer has had his fair share of criticism as he has looked lost and unaware at times and his game-reading has failed more often than not.
Moreover, with the team struggling to sign any top-tier talents and Paul Pogba sidelined with a nagging injury, Solskjaer doesn’t have many weapons to work with.
United have struggled all year long to keep up the pace with the rest of the ‘Big Six’ and they’re unlikely to clinch a European competition berth at the end of the season.
Hence, even though he’s a beloved person among Manchester United fans and the organization as a whole, he’s not likely to be in charge of the Red Devils for much longer once this sluggish season comes to an end.