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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likes criticism

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likes criticism

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims that he likes criticism as the pressure on him intensifies. He maintained that it is just another person’s viewpoint. Solskjaer avoided being fired and took the first step toward salvaging his job with a 3-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday after United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend.

The manager of the United football club is now aiming for the next step in building consistency being pleased with his players’ response as he prepares for Tuesday night’s Champions League match against Atalanta. According to Solskjaer the Liverpool calamity brought the club closer together in a type of siege mentality.

“We don’t have time for anybody to sulk, if you’re not in the starting XI you are there to support your teammates,” he said. The attitude [against Tottenham] was spot on. Players want to play [and] nobody is happy when they don’t. It is the team before any individual. We know when we get consistency, we will get results. One swallow does not make a summer. [Atalanta] is a chance to prove we can go again.”

On facing criticism he added: “Criticism can make you doubt yourself or you can stand up for yourself. I’ve always enjoyed it, keep it coming. Journalists, pundits, experts…we’ve all got different jobs and it is their jobs to give their opinion. I am not here to fight with anyone.”

United narrowly defeated Atalanta in the reverse encounter at Old Trafford last month after making a second-half comeback. Regardless of the circumstances, the victory put the team in a strong position, with a win this week ensuring qualification for the knockout rounds.

Solskjaer continued, “Atalanta have a special way of playing. High tempo, aggressive, attack-minded, and positive. What they have done is remarkable. A very good club, with very good people. We are in a good position [in the group] after winning our home games [against Villarreal and Atalanta] but we need a result away too. All the focus on this one. We’ve not been thinking about that [the Manchester derby] at all.”

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