Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after United lost 1-0 to Newcastle on Sunday evening.
The Norwegian's side has had a dismal start to the new campaign, and have been particularly poor on the road.
After the loss, Solskjaer noted his young team needed a boost in their spirit and confidence, something that Van Persie took issue with.
"It’s my responsibility. I need to sort their heads out," said the United manager.
"Young boys lacking confidence, they need some help from experienced players and staff," he added.
Speaking on Monday however, van Persie said Solskajer's comments can be damaging to the players in the long run.
"You can see here’s struggling there, if I’m really honest, during that interview," Van Persie told Optus Sport.
"And I get it if you’re the manager of Manchester United during this period of time,"
"So he’s searching for words, maybe he chose a few wrong ones there. Because as a player, what does that mean, ‘sorting the players’ heads out’, what does that mean?"
"If you’re a player you’re a little bit like, ‘my head is fine’. Even though you can see the players are low in confidence, he needs to find a way to reconnect again and to get their confidence high,"
"As a manager, when you’re team is low in confidence get them up, when your team is too high in confidence, when they are becoming a little bit too much, you have to get them back to the middle again,"
"At the moment, based on this interview, and based on what I’ve seen in the game, I’m not sure if he really knows how to find the buttons there,"
United are currently placed 12th on the log after eight matches, and will next play Liverpool after the international break.
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