Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United boss rejects Jamie Carragher criticism

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Solskjaer described Ronaldo as a "top player" and defended his contribution since Ronaldo's return.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that he does not feel affected by the suggestion Manchester United should change their manager to win the most prestigious trophies.

Solskjaer (48) was responding to Jamie Carragher, a former Liverpool defender,'s comment on Sky Sports, that United needed a new manager in order to compete for titles.

Solskjaer stated, "It doesn’t affect me."

"I believe in myself as long as I am believed in by the club." Jamie Carragher's opinion will not change that, I'm pretty certain.

Solskjaer is under pressure as his team sits fifth in the Premier League table following a 4-2 loss at Leicester City on Saturday.

"I have my values, and I manage well," the Norwegian said. The comments are quite revealing, but Liverpool is on Sunday and Jamie is focusing on these small things.

United lost to Brendan Rodgers' Foxes on Saturday, putting them on a winning streak of two wins and one draw in their last seven games in all competitions.

Solskjaer stated that every team goes through a period. We are currently in poor form. "We are aware of that, and we recognize the need to improve.

"The coaching staff that we have is amazing. Their attention to detail, and the sessions they put on are unbeatable.

United will be back in Champions League action Wednesday, when they host Atalanta at home at 20:00 BST.

Solskjaer's team is third in Group F, having lost their first game to Young Boys. However, they came back to defeat Villarreal with a late win.

He said, "Ofcourse it's not a gimmicky and jovial camp." We are focused and determined. Look at yourself and see what you can do for the team.

"I have witnessed a reaction. "I have seen a reaction to the four goals conceded against Leicester. We need to work on various levels and more detail.

"Winning against Atalanta at home would be huge and a big boost."

This week, The Manchester Evening News reported that Solskjaer was unhappy with the club's decision to not sign a midfielder this summer. Instead, they brought Cristiano Ronaldo back from Old Trafford.

Ronaldo, who was re-joined United in August for 12.8m from Juventus, has been criticized for being a peripheral figure in recent games and for balancing the team.

Solskjaer, however, was quick to praise Solskjaer's 36-year-old contribution.

He stated that "Cristiano, a top player, is capable of doing everything we ask." He's doing all he can for the team.

"There are 11 different roles and responsibilities for each player. We picked a team we believe will win. We didn't beat Leicester so it's always a criticism when you don’t win.


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