Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says former Manchester United forward Robin van Persie “does not have the right” to criticise his management style.
Van Persie said he was not happy with Solskjaer’s demenour after Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat by Arsenal, telling BT Sport “this is not the moment to smile”.
“I don’t know Robin and Robin doesn’t know me,” Solskjaer said on Friday.
“He probably doesn’t have a right to criticise my management style and I won’t change.”
Van Persie won the Premier League title with Manchester United after joining the club from Arsenal in 2012.
He made 86 appearances for the club, scoring 48 goals, before moving to Turkish side Fenerbahce in 2015.
Solskjaer scored 91 goals in 235 appearances for the Reds between 1996 and 2007.
“Yeah Robin, he took my [shirt] number 20 and that’s probably all he’s going to take from me as well,” Solskjaer said.
Manchester United are fifth in the Premier League, trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by four points, but they have yet to win three Premier League games in a row this season.