Solskjaer back 'home' at Manchester United

Dec 22, 2018, 02:02
Solskjaer back 'home' at Manchester United

Asked about the reception from the players, he added: "They're footballers, they're happy, it has been a good mood".

"I don't blame Woodward entirely for missing out here - but what a statement that would've been - putting in a three-time CL victor, whilst as the same time re-structuring the club - like Liverpool - top to bottom".

"When your kids disappoint you, you don't give them chocolate do you?"

Although Solskjaer is deified among some United supporters for his contributions as a player, the unusual arrangement has raised questions, particularly regarding his power over players and influence on squad building.

"We've got a great set-up".

Solskjaer will be at the helm at Old Trafford until the end of the season, when the club will appoint a full-time successor.

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Solskjaer arrived at United knowing the club are not planning to hire him in the long-term, and while he acknowledges he would love to be there permanently, he is just content to be helping out in a trying time.

Solskjaer, who spent 15 years at United as a player and coach during Ferguson's reign, spoke with the "gaffer" following his appointment and is keen to seek further advice.

"We'll train in the afternoon on the 25th before we travel to Leicester", he said.

"We are a truly United team".

Can they prize a manager out of a job and select a permanent successor?

"We have one target - that we succeed - and we do that as a team".

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But there is a way of doing exactly that and still finding a way to get the World Cup victor in the positions in which he thrives far more often than has happened over the past two-and-a-half years. It's over. That's the way I've always been.

'He hasn't changed personality-wise.

Woodward still believes there is something to play for this season and doesn't completely trust Carrick or McKenna to pull off a miracle, but also, I think it is clear that Manchester United's chief executive was keen to recruit one man and one man only. You've got to start somewhere. "He's no different to anyone else in that respect".

Solskjaer said he's reached out to a number of players in the squad already.

People say I'm a bit old school; I call it good school.

The Norwegian still refers to Ferguson as "the gaffer" and has spoken to the Scot a couple of times this week. The structure of a club has developed. The power is with the manager. You pick a team now and you move on. The philosophy is in these walls.

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Some have suggested the blame lies with United's players rather than their former manager, and ex-captain Roy Keane told BBC Radio 5 live they had "got away with murder".