Van Persie fuming with Solskjaer for one aspect of post-match interview

Date published: Thursday 2nd January 2020 10:12

Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has criticised Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for “smiling” after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

After strong wins over Newcastle and Burnley during the Christmas period, United’s problems reoccurred on New Years’ Day as Mikel Arteta claimed his first win as Gunners boss.

First-half goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos were enough to secure victory for the hosts and, speaking to BT Sport after the game, Solskjaer admitted that he was “disappointed” at the manner of his team’s defeat.

Following the post-match interview, Van Persie was quick to point out that the Norwegian does not seem “angry” enough as a manager.

“When I listen to Ole, he sounds like a really nice guy,” the 36-year-old said. “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. They need a gameplan and a bit of fear for the coach.

“You know if you don’t make those runs or make that pass, you will be punished and you won’t play the next game.”

Van Persie was also asked whether the United players lacked fear, saying: “Probably. By the looks of things, I think so.”

Elsewhere in his post-match interview, Solskajer hinted that United could look to bring in “one or two” players in the transfer window.

The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for Erling Braut Haaland but will have to look elsewhere after the teenager agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund.

Asked about the possibility of his side bringing in new players this month, Solskjaer said: “Sometimes you think one or two additions would do nicely because we are building towards something, but it depends on whether those players for us are available.”

Solskjaer also confirmed that Paul Pogba will be out for around three to four weeks after the recurrence of an ankle problem, which will require an operation.


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