Solskjaer responds to critics

English Premier League

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to criticism from Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand about his tactics in recent weeks.

The Norwegian has come under fire from the ex-United duo after using a number of different formations over the course of the last few matches, which includes the diamond midfield with three at the back his side recently emplyed.

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Ferdinand has since advised his former teammate not to use the back-three but Solskjaer says that tactic was used to good effect in their wins over RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

"What was the change in formation then, you tell me?" Solskjaer asked reporters, as per the Mirror. "It was a 4-2-3-1 and coming into that pocket is probably Paul [Pogba]'s favourite position. Paul did well and the team's shape was as it normally is.

"Twice we played three at the back – we beat PSG and lost to Leipzig – we played a full game with a diamond and two half games with a diamond. Four out of 22 games isn't bad for consistency of a normal shape.

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"That's what we work on more or less every day. Some details will change within the same system. If you have Dan James on the left wing instead of Paul Pogba, or Marcus Rashford on the right instead of Juan Mata, it's a different scenario.

"Sometimes you look at the opposition and where we need players with different qualities. I think they're coping well with it."

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