Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to his doubters and critics

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fired back at his critics who called for his sack and doubted his ability to turn things around at the club.

The Norwegian believes he has proved both his doubters and critics wrong by leading the club to an 11-game unbeaten run with the club still in contention for a  top-four place, and with one foot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

“I am confident enough in myself not to be p****d off with the criticism – and not to worry about what anyone else thinks,” said Solskjaer.

“Why should I concern myself with that? And why should I start talking about myself?

“I just want the players to be out there expressing themselves and playing football in the way we want.

“I have always been quietly confident, believed in myself, but never had to shout about it.”

He added: “I am level-headed enough to know when we’ve played well.

“I was the same as a player. If someone told me I was brilliant when I was s***, I knew I was s***.

“I don’t have to listen to so-called friends to tell me if I have done well or if I was bad.

“It’s the same with the team. I know when the team has played well.

“And if someone praises us when we’ve not done well, I am quick enough to say ‘no, that wasn’t good enough’”.