Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Man Utd Caretaker Boss To Get Best Players
23 December 2018 Sport
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will “get the players enjoying football” again following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
United appointed their former striker as boss until the end of the season on Wednesday, a day after Mourinho was dismissed.
Solskjaer, 45, takes over with United sixth in the Premier League.
The Norwegian told MUTV that he wanted to see the players “express themselves” during the rest of the campaign.
“We will get the players enjoying football and looking forward to seeing the supporters again,” he said.
Mourinho was sacked after no progress with results or style despite spending nearly £400m on 11 players in two and a half seasons in charge, while many of United’s performances this season have lacked fluency.
Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, and said his return “feels like coming home”.
When asked about his status as a fan favourite, he jokingly replied: “How long will that last?”
He also promised fans that he would “give everything” to “bring the club success” and get players “enjoying football”.
“We have to get used to winning again and challenging for trophies,” he added.
“Whatever has happened has happened and everyone starts with a clean slate.”
Solskjaer’s first match in charge will be at Cardiff – where he had an eight-month spell as manager in 2014 – on Saturday at 17:30 GMT.
Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, both part of Mourinho’s coaching staff, will continue to work under Solskjaer.
Solskjaer said he felt he needed to bring in the “experience” of Mike Phelan, who returns as first-team coach having previously worked as United assistant manager alongside Sir Alex Ferguson.
“He’s done it all, is an incredible calming influence on me and his football knowledge is really good,” added Solskjaer.