Solskjaer keen to make Manchester United position permanent

Solskjaer keen to make Manchester United position permanent

Javier Howell
December 22, 2018

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was announced on Wednesday morning as Mourinho's replacement until the end of the season, while the club start their search for a permanent manager.

Solskjaer, who enjoyed a stellar 11-year playing career at Old Trafford during which he scored the victor in the 1999 Champions League final, vowed to allow his players to express themselves after taking charge until the end of the season.

Solskjaer sat down with United's media team for his first interview since taking over and having spent 11 years at the club as a player, he was naturally asked about he felt coming back.

"They've got a chance to show they are Man United players", Solskjaer said when quizzed about how he would like to leave a mark in his short stay of 6 months at the club. I can stand player who are quick to hide behind their agents, their social media, their friends in the media. "Fans have been patient but I don't see cohesion or how we are trying to play".

However, sources said that the mood has now changed significantly since Mourinho's sacking, with the squad now looking forward to "enjoying their football and their life again".

It's going to be an odd game this Saturday for Manchester United, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will debut as manager for The Red Devils. There are a set of demands and one of them is to be a team player.

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You can't question the mentality of players as often as Mourinho did and expect them to perform for you. The breakdown of Pogba's relationship with Mourinho has mirrored United's decline this season.

"This idea that these players are is not just United, but the modern player", said Keane. "I've already been in touch with him because there's no one better to get advice from". Then for some of them to down tools, shame on some of those players.

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has been humbled by the overwhelming reaction to his match winning contribution against Manchester United last week, but insists he will not let it go to his head.

"I don't think it's a simple as that (blaming someone)".

Mourinho's two-and-a-half-year reign came to a close with United sitting in sixth place in the table, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, and receiving criticism for the style of football they were playing.

"I've had about 300 or 400 games as a first team manager now and that period in Cardiff was a huge step for me", he said. We could speak about so many good things, not as good, but that's not me.

"I will have an input but the job is to get to know the players, observe them I've seen more or less every game from Norway but to get to know the players, what do I think I can improve them on".