Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slammed critics who claimed Manchester United were too big for him to manage.

The Norwegian has revealed he had no fear of following Jose Mourinho and knew that he would hold his own against managerial heavyweights like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp .

Solskjaer celebrates a year as United manager on Thursday and he’s taken a swipe at those who said he wasn’t up to the job after a relegation with Cardiff and managing tiny Molde in Norway.

The 46-year-old said: “I always had the belief that I could manage this club.

“I wouldn’t have taken the job if I had felt I couldn’t do it because I owe Manchester United honesty.

Solskjaer has hit back at his critics
Solskjaer has hit back at his critics

“Football wise, I think I can hold my own when it comes to tactics and stuff, but I have a great staff to help me. It’s not all about me.

“I’m so glad I’ve got Michael Carrick, Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna and I think I make them feel that I can do the job here and that’s happening.

“That’s why I was never afraid of not being able to handle this. I always knew I could.

The United boss is pleased to be surrounded by the likes of Phelan and Carrick
The United boss is pleased to be surrounded by the likes of Phelan and Carrick

“It’s about treating people the right way and, for me, managing United is treating the staff, the players, anyone the same.

“It doesn’t matter which club I’m at that’s just my personality.”

Recent results for United would perhaps back up Solskjaer's claim, despite him being under continued pressure.

Wins over Tottenham and Man City have put the belief back into the club's fans, with the Red Devils now well-placed in the race for a top four spot.

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Their 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar in midweek has also boosted feeling around the club that they are moving in the right direction.

Solskjaer added: “I’d been watching [the team under Mourinho]. I had a clear idea of what a United team should look like. I have been part of a United team and I wanted to go back to our traditions of attacking.

“Quick, attacking football with pace, power, and ­personalities out there. And that is what we are doing. I can see fruits of what we’re doing. The seeds we’re laying are starting to pop up."