Robin van Persie criticises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle

Robin van Persie has questioned whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can motivate his Manchester United players (Optus Sport)

Robin van Persie has criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the wake of Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle United and has questioned whether the 46-year-old knows how to improve the confidence of his players.

United lost their third game in the Premier League this season at St James’ Park on Sunday as Matty Longstaff’s goal in the 72nd minute sealed a much-needed victory for Steve Bruce’s side.

For United, the defeat has left them with just nine points from their opening eight games, while Solskjaer’s side are looking short of ideas in attack, scoring just three goals in their last six matches.

After the defeat to Newcastle, Solskjaer highlighted his need to improve the spirit in his squad.

‘It’s my responsibility. I need to sort their heads out,’ said the United manager. ‘Young boys lacking confidence, they need some help from experienced players and staff.’

But Van Persie has criticised Solskjaer’s post-match interview and suggests the players at Old Trafford could begin to question him after hearing his statements to the media.

‘You can see here’s struggling there, if I’m really honest, during that interview,’ Van Persie told Optus Sport.

Marcus Rashford has not scored in his last five games for United (Getty Images)

‘And I get it if you’re manager of Manchester United during this period of time. ‘So he’s searching for words, maybe he chose a few wrong ones there.

‘Because as a player, what does that mean, ‘sorting the players’ heads out’, what does that mean?
‘If you’re a player you’re a little bit like, ‘my head is fine’.

‘Even though you can see the players are low in confidence, he needs to find a way to reconnect again and to get their confidence high.

‘As a manager, when you’re team is low in confidence get them up, when your team is too high in confidence, when they are becoming a little bit too much, you have to get them back to the middle again.

‘At the moment, based on this interview, and based on what I’ve seen in the game, I’m not sure if he really knows how to find the buttons there.’


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