Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to blame his Manchester United bosses for failing to strengthen his squad.
And Solskjaer has hit back at his former team-mates for slamming the club's transfer failings - and told them to speak to him about their concerns instead of telling the whole world.
United have come under fire from the likes of Patrice Evra, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher after failing to spend big in the summer transfer window.
Neville hit out at the club's recruitment and labelled their tactics as "desperate", while other former stars have questioned United's failure to land big names like Jadon Sancho.
Towards the end of last season Solskjaer claimed United could "exploit" a transfer market affected by the Covid-19 crisis, due to his club's huge wealth and spending power.
But United have done nothing of the sort to leave fans and pundits fuming.
The Norwegian admits he regrets his choice of words now, but admits he still has confidence in his board and believes critics should keep their opinions to themselves.
He said: "I think my wording in lockdown 'exploit' was a bad word by me.
"I didn't mean it in that respect, I meant clubs out there have to move because of the situation and it might be a situation for us.
"We've lost loads of money like the other clubs have as well. And when I talk about the squad depth, of course the performances didn't warrant me giving more of them more options. The 11, 12, 13 players deserved to play.
"We have players to get results. Pat, Rio, Gary and Fletch have always been welcome here to talk to me instead of doing their jobs. We're all wanting Manchester United as high as possible, it's my job and that's what I'm working with. We have great players."
Solskjaer, meanwhile, has backed Gareth Southgate's decision to axe United star Mason Greenwood from his England squad.
Southgate has dropped Greenwood along with Phil Foden from his latest squad ahead of games against Belgium, Denmark and Wales later this month.
The Three Lions boss has been keen to punish the duo for their behaviour in Iceland last month after they smuggled two women into the team hotel in Reykjavik just hours after their international debuts.
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Solskjaer had hit out at Southgate's treatment of the 18-year-old, but has now performed a U-turn and backed the call to leave him out of his latest squad following clear-the-air talks with him in Manchester last weekend.
He added: "This now has been a learning curve for him. Mason has to reflect on where he's at and what he needs to do now and how to get where he wants to get.
"I had a very nice chat with Gareth about our England players and, as I said earlier on, games at this point are important for players to get some minutes. We'll get loads of training in for Mason. I respect Gareth's decision."