Solskjaer admits surprise at Man Utd concert; reveals two big changes
Posted On March 19, 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the two big changes he made shortly after being named Manchester United boss and admits he didn’t expect to be handed the reins permanently.
United signed their former super-sub following Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December 2018.
United were in sixth place, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool, when they decided to fire the Portuguese boss. It cost the Old Trafford club around £ 18million.
Solskjaer was quickly brought in to take over temporarily after an agreement with Solskjaer’s employers during the Molde era.
The time of the Norwegian was not sailing by plane. But after guiding United into the Champions League last season, the 48-year-old is set to repeat the feat this season.
Solskjaer has written a chapter in a new book, co-written by Dundee United boss Micky Mellon, in which he details his debut at the club.
“We arrived just before Christmas,” wrote Solskjaer, quoted by the Daily mail. “I guess it was like coming in on loan… it wasn’t like, ‘Come in and change clubs and put your stamp on it.’
“It happened, you know the club. You know the expectations, make them smile, play attacking football and give young people a chance.
The book, which will see all proceeds donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, is titled “The First 100 Days: Leadership Lessons from Football Bosses” and will launch next Thursday.
United officials did not wait long to make Solskjaer’s post permanent. After a comeback in results and a return to the Champions League against PSG, he was appointed permanent successor to Mourinho in March 2019.
“[On day one] we talked about high expectations, having fun and even surprising a few people, ”Solskjaer wrote.
“Later that day I remember walking and hearing people say, ‘Well, we’re talking about being Manchester United again’.
“That night it was the staff. I went there, did a little speech and had a little dancing!
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Solskjaer ran the first team ahead of Fergie
“Before our first match in Cardiff, I received a text from the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] who said: “choose your team and sleep well”. I sent him the players I chose and just got a message: “That will do.” “
Solskjaer believes United’s progress that year was driven by a change in approach. United traveled to Dubai for a winter break, giving Solskjaer time to work on United’s style of play.
“We made two big changes,” he wrote.
“The first was our system for the Tottenham game. The second big thing was to bring back the [pre-match] costumes: these Tottenham players looked at them and thought, ‘I want to play for Manchester United’. “
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