Robin van Persie criticises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interview after Arsenal v Manchester United

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After ending 2019 on a high with back-to-back victories, Manchester United came crashing back down to earth on New Year’s Day with a 2-0 defeat away at Arsenal.

Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring with just eight minutes on the clock before Sokratis Papastathopoulos sealed Mikel Arteta’s first victory as Gunners boss just before half-time.

The result meant that United couldn’t capitalise on Chelsea dropping points earlier in the day and remain five points off the top four.

It’s the same old story for the Manchester side despite the turn of the New Year and all the fingers are being pointed in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s direction…again.

With United fans calling for him to face the chop upon full-time, they weren’t the only ones who heaped criticism his way.

That’s because former Arsenal and United goal machine Robin van Persie was left angered at how Solskjaer conducted himself in his post-match interview.

The 36-year-old, who spent three years at Old Trafford, claimed that the Norwegian boss comes across too nice following performances like yesterday’s.

Speaking as a pundit on BT Sport, van Persie said: "When I listen to Ole, he sounds like a really nice guy.

"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.

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"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."

United’s January sees them travel to Wolves in the FA Cup in their next outing followed by two League Cup semi-final meetings with Manchester City, not to mention a league trip to Anfield too.

It’s going to be a tough month to say the least for the fifth placed side and if results continue to not go their way, they could have a new man at the wheel come February.

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