Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims that he enjoys criticism

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Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that he enjoys criticism when the pressure on him continues and insists that it is just another person’s opinion.

Solskjaer survived the firing in the wake of United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend and took the first step towards saving his job with a 3-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.

The United manager was pleased with how his players responded and is now looking for the next step in developing some consistency as he prepares for Tuesday night’s Champions League meeting with Atalanta.

Solskjaer explained that the result of the Liverpool disaster brought the club closer together in a kind of siege mentality.

“We do not have time for anyone to sour, if you are not in the starting eleven you are there to support your teammates,” he said.

“Attitude [against Tottenham] be there. Players want to play [and] no one is happy when they do not. It is the team before each individual. We know that when we get consistency, we will get results. A swallow does not make a summer. [Atalanta] is a chance to prove we can go again. “

When he faced criticism, he added: “Criticism can make you doubt yourself or you can stand up for yourself. I have always liked it, keep it up. Journalists, pundits, experts … we all have different jobs and it’s their job to give their opinion. I’m not here to fight anyone. “

United barely beat Atalanta in the reverse match at Old Trafford last month after making a comeback in the second half. That victory, regardless of the circumstances, ensured that the club is in a good position, with another win this week that makes qualifying for the knockout rounds likely.

However, it will be a challenge, especially after what happened last time.

“Atalanta have a special way of playing. High pace, aggressive, attacking and positive. What they have done is remarkable. A very good club, with very good people,” said Solskjaer.

“We are in a good position [in the group] after winning our home games [against Villarreal and Atalanta] but we need a result removed as well. All focus on this. We have not thought about it [the Manchester derby] at all.”

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