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Larsson Believes O’Shea Can Handle Manager’s Criticism

Black Cats winger says skipper is strong enough to handle flak.

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Sunderland winger Sebastian Larsson has said that he thinks club captain John O’Shea will be strong enough to bounce back from the heavy criticism levelled at him by manager Paolo Di Canio, the Daily Mail reports.

The fiery Italian singled out the former Manchester United stopper after last weekend’s defeat to Crystal Palace following his red card.

Di Canio was also highly critical of South Korea striker Ji Dong-Won after he pulled out of a diving header in the first-half.

The South Korean saw a £5m move to Borussia Dortmund rejected by the club earlier in the summer was made a scapegoat by the former Swindon Town boss and was substituted at half time after the managed claimed he had ‘no heart’.

However, his most stinging critique was saved for O’Shea, who he had given the armband too after ostracising Lee Cattermole before the season began.

And Larsson, who is currently in Dublin with the Sweden squad to face the Republic of Ireland on Friday night, has backed his club teammate by saying that he has enough experience to deal with Di Canio’s unusual management style.

“He’ll cope with that fine. He’s been about long enough and he’s a strong enough character not to be affected at all,”

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