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A defiant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he relishes criticism as Manchester United prepare for Wenesday morning’s (7am AEDT) Champions League match against Atalanta following their vital Premier League victory at Tottenham.

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The Norwegian faced intense speculation over his future after United’s 5-0 humiliation against arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford last week left them well off the pace in the English top-flight.

But the Red Devils eased the pressure on their manager with Saturday’s 3-0 win in London and it was Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo who instead lost his job on Monday.

Former players, pundits and fans have questioned Solskjaer’s tactics, team selections and ability to succeed at the highest level, with the former United forward yet to win a trophy in nearly three years at the club.

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But his decision at Spurs to pair Cristiano Ronaldo with Edinson Cavani up front and use a three-man central defence bore fruit as Ronaldo scored and provided an assist for the Uruguayan and the home side failed to register a shot on target.

“Criticism can make you doubt yourself, or you can stand up for yourself. I’ve always enjoyed criticism — just keep that coming,” Solskjaer said in his pre-match press conference on Monday.

“Journalists, pundits, experts — we’ve all got different jobs. I’m not here to fight with them, I don’t need a spat with anyone.”

The Red Devils top Group F with two wins and one defeat from three games but have not convinced in Europe.

They suffered a shock defeat at Swiss side Young Boys in their opening fixture and needed late goals from Ronaldo to take them to wins against Villarreal and Atalanta.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s team led 2-0 at Old Trafford and had chances to put the game beyond United in last month’s reverse fixture before the hosts launched their comeback.

Solskjaer admitted one good game would not silence United’s doubters and challenged his team to prove in Italy that they could perform consistently.

“We’ve been working to get that consistency,” he said.

“One swallow doesn’t make a summer. It’s a chance to prove we can go again.”

With a massive derby clash against Manchester City on the weekend, United are desperate to continue their rebound in form and results.

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Belenenses playing with nine players, Primeira Liga, covid-19 outbreak, match against Benfica, social media reaction

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Belenenses has been forced to take to the field with just nine players against Benfica as the side deals with a Covid outbreak, leading to farcical scenes and a half-time deficit of seven goals.

Already on the canvass after failing to win any of its opening eight games, Belenenses were forced to take to the field with just nine players, including two goalkeepers, in their starting eleven after 17 players and staff tested positive for Covid-19 in the lead-up to the match.

Despite the lack of players and substitutes, the Primeira Liga match was given the green light to go ahead, which left many onlookers dumbfounded.

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The spectacle was labelled (among other things) a “disgrace” and “shambles” as the undermanned side was demolished from the outset by Benfica, which was aiming to return to the top of the Primeira Liga table.

The match got off to a horrible start for Belenenses, with an own goal coming via Eduardo Kau in the first minute.

Goalkeeper Joao Monteiro was forced to start at right-back for the side as a result of the player shortage.

The side took to the field in a 5-3-0 formation.

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Benfica win farcical Primeira Liga game 7-0 as opponents start with nine players

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BENFICA won after the game was eventually called off when opponents Belenenses were reduced to seven men.

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Michael Carrick could spring big selection surprise for Man Utd's clash with Chelsea

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MICHAEL CARRICK is set to take charge of his second Manchester United game when they take on Chelsea.

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