Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to doubters after leading Manchester United back into the Champions League

Solskjaer had a strong message for his critics (Picture: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fired back at his detractors after Manchester United secured their place back in the Champions League.

A 2-0 win against Leicester City on the final day of the season meant the Red Devils ended the season in third place and in doing so, returned to Europe’s premier club competition after finishing sixth last campaign.

After a shaky start to the season, results began to pick up at the end of January, when United embarked on a 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Bruno Fernandes played a big part in their ascent, registering eight Premier League goals and seven assists in just 14 games after his move from Sporting Lisbon in January.

Questions were asked about Solskjaer’s ability to handle a job as big as managing Manchester United given his limited experience, however, instead of being defeated by the criticism, it drove him on.

‘It didn’t seem like you [the media] were expecting this – all the predictions were sixth or seventh,’ the Norwegian boss said.

United are back in the Champions League (Picture: Getty Images)

‘That’s all right. If I’m getting criticised that makes me stronger and makes me believe more in what I’m doing. Please don’t praise me too much because you can become complacent. That’s just the way I’m made.

‘I was reading through them [the predictions] and some of the staff were discussing them. To finish third with this team and this squad, and where we have been with this rebuild, has been a massive achievement by everyone.

‘We’ve come so far as a team, we’re building a culture. To win this game was massive mentally after losing two semi-finals this season [in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup].’

When asked whether United’s resurgence now means Solskjaer is the right man to transform the Red Devils into title contenders, he said: ‘It’s a massive challenge. I believe in what I do and what I’ve been doing.

‘We all have different ideas of management. I do it my way. I’m not going to say I’m not the man because I am in the job.’

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