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Name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Gender Male
Ethnic Norwegian
Job Norwegian Footballer
  Football Coach
Desc Before he was an unexpectedly high-achieving interim manager, he was one of the best strikers in the business. Few could have expected quite how successful the Norwegian would become at Old Trafford when he was signed on the cheap to provide backup to Eric Cantona and Andy Cole

Affiliation

Club as Coach Manchester United
  Molde
  Cardiff City
Club as Player Manchester United

Notes

Cardiff City His stint as manager can be consider fail
Molde Ole Gunnar Solskjaer work for seven years with Norway’s Molde

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[In all Solskjaer made four changes to the side that slipped to a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. Jesse Lingard scored twice to seal victory after Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick, a deflected effort from Ander Herrera, and a fabulous team goal finished by Anthony Martial] I’m pleased with all of them - every single one of them - but of course it’s a threat. When you’ve got Martial and Jesse Lingard down either side, Rashford up top with Paul Pogba supporting them, it’s exhilarating to watch and as long as we keep that standard up we’ll keep up picking points

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on how he will manage squad rotation] No-one has been on the bench more than me

2019 01 26 Retrieve

[Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Marcus Rashford can reach the same level as Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo] Definitely, he can be absolutely top-class. He is only 21 but the maturity he is showing at times is more than 21

2019 03 30 Retrieve

[Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks after being announced as Manchester United’s permanent manager on a three-year contract] It’s about creating an environment everyone wants to be a part of, feeling like that they can be their best self. I just want to be the best ‘Ole’; that’s the only promise that I can give. It’s about giving everyone at the club a responsibility and a freedom to be the best themselves

2019 04 01 Retrieve

[Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is confident Pogba wishes to stay at United for the foreseeable future after Zinedine Zidane admitted he like Paul Pogba a lot] No, [those comments don’t] really concern me because my thought of action then is to sit down and speak to Paul and I’ve had my chat with Paul and we’re fine

He’s going to do his utmost here because he knows I’m very fond of him as a player and a person and he is important for us. There is no issue

I don’t like to talk about other teams’ players, of course, but this is another challenge with international breaks. Players are available all the time [to the media] as well and it’s a different environment, a general talk. Paul is a very nice and polite man who answered a general question about Zidane, who is an icon in France and a fantastic manager. He used to be a fantastic player and he’s just politely answered that question. But Paul’s happy here, he’s going to be a big part [here]. I’ve said before you like to build your team round him and that hasn’t changed at all

[United plan to appoint a technical director (a director of football in all but name) before the end of the summer and Solskjær said he will embrace this] Football has changed and the structure at football clubs has changed. Me and Ed Woodward [executive vice-chairman] and Joel Glazer [co-chairman], for that matter, are looking to how can this club be run as smoothly and as well as possible. I’ve got an input in most of the things now [he is the permanent coach] and, I’ve got to say, the communication between me, Ed and the owners is very good. We discuss different names, though of course I am not the one who decides

So we’ll see what the club will end up with and I’m happy discussing football with knowledgeable people in the right positions anyway. That’s the way football goes - a manager can’t do as much as he used to do when Sir Alex Ferguson started [in 1986]. I think the demands of football nowadays mean you’ve got to split responsibilities

[United travel to Wolves for Tuesday night’s 32nd Premier League game of the season and the Norwegian believes that, if his side can claim 15 points from the last available 21, then a Champions League berth can be attained] Everyone knows now, if we do our jobs, say 15 points then in the last seven games, we’ll be in the Champions League next year. I don’t think I have to remind them [the players] of that [what’s at stake]

2019 08 05 Retrieve

[Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Roy Keane are close] I keep in touch with Roy and have been at his house for a cup of tea. I always listen to Roy and his opinions. I value them very highly. I know Roy did an interview saying there are many people that claim to be his friends. But I feel we are quite close. We have become friends. He was a fantastic leader. I loved having him as captain

2019 10 27 Retrieve

[Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joked that Marcus Rashford ‘did the honourable thing’ by missing a penalty in Man Utd’s clash with Norwich] The first one I don’t think is a penalty, if it takes two minutes it’s not clear and obvious. But Marcus [Rashford] did the honourable thing and missed it. … They all score penalties, except when it comes to the ones that matter

[Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still pleased with Marcus Rashford’s contribution, and singled out one moment in particular which enthused him] Delighted with the whole team, but to just see Marcus Rashford chasing the ball down with Max Aarons in a 50-yard sprint and just tackle in front of a dugout is the best response you can ask from a player

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why he put faith in youth such as Marcus Rashford] Today we were excellent, with fast-flowing football. That’s Manchester United. We’re trying to get back to that. When you give young lads the experience, like Brandon Williams got tonight – and the kid was outstanding – it’s only going to help them. We know we’re not the finished product, we’re a work in progress, but we keep trying to improve

2019 11 07 Retrieve

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says some of Manchester United’s youngsters who played in the 2-1 defeat at Astana are knocking on the door of the first team] I think some of these might benefit from going out on loan. Of course, they need men’s football and it was a first taste of it for some of them. Some of them are also knocking on the door for us

You can see the way we dominated midfield, with Jimmy Garner and Dylan Levitt playing together. Di’Shon Bernard was composed, Ethan Laird was marauding down the right-hand side, particularly in the first half. Some of these have done themselves a good favour

The group have travelled together and played together - it’s a very, very tight-knit group. It’s been excellent - the training yesterday, the lead-up to the game, the travel and everything. I’m just sorry they couldn’t go away from here with the win, because I thought they deserved to win the game

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[q: First contact with Manchester United?] I performed a recreation for Norway in opposition to Azerbaijan and I scored two respectable objectives. The scout was there watching Ronny Johnsen and it was a kind of fortunate conditions. The scout rang the gaffer [Sir Alex Ferguson] and mentioned I used to be there and that there was nothing to lose

The membership made contact by means of my agent and I flew over to Previous Trafford and I had lunch with Sir Alex, we had fish and chips if I bear in mind rightly

He instructed me that I’d have six months within the reserves and that there was loads of time and he would watch for me. I do not suppose he had time to look at me, it was a really fast determination that needed to be made as a result of there have been a couple of different golf equipment floating round. However when United got here, I mentioned sure right away

[q: First day in coaching?] I used to be nervous, very nervous going into the coaching floor. Nicky Butt was the primary participant I met, and he took me all the way down to the dressing room. I quickly realised that they had been all simply regular boys, regular boys that performed soccer higher than the typical man

I practiced my French in preparation for saying whats up to Eric Cantona however he was late that day, so I wasn’t launched to him earlier than the session

I by no means managed to do a correct introduction, however he accepted me there after which as a result of I had an honest coaching session. We bonded rather well, me and Eric

[q: First Manchester United look?] I performed for the reserves on a Friday evening at Boundary Park in opposition to Oldham, we received 3-1 and I scored two objectives. It was the identical evening as the primary staff performed in opposition to Everton, they drew 2-2. That was my first look, however my first for the primary staff got here the next weekend in opposition to Blackburn

I got here on as a result of we had been trailing and wanted to attain objectives, and I did. Jordi Cruyff flicked the ball on, I volleyed it in direction of purpose – it wasn’t one of the best volley – Tim Flowers saved it and I scored the rebound. It was six minutes after I got here on, I circled and the primary one celebrating was Cantona. That was a surreal second

[q: First-day nerves?] The one place I really feel at house is on the pitch, I used to be not nervous in any way. I do know I can rating objectives, I nonetheless do! That was my power. There was nothing higher than eliminating a ball as rapidly as you’ll be able to into the online

[q: First trophy at Manchester United?] We received the Premier League in my first season and that was the primary trophy I received as a participant. That was unbelievable. We received it by not taking part in, I feel Liverpool drew with Wimbledon, after which it was celebration time

While you get the style for it you simply need extra. It may go each methods, although, I’ve seen gamers win it after which swap off. It was an unbelievable feeling however for the boys it was simply regular, they had been used to profitable whereas I wasn’t

The supervisor at all times made positive we had a correct celebration the place you have a good time and get it over and carried out with

[q: First Manchester derby?] I actually can not bear in mind. After I got here, Manchester Metropolis weren’t within the Premier League and it took a couple of years for them to come back up. I bear in mind in 1999, once we received the Treble, they received promoted into what’s now the Championship

I haven’t got too many good reminiscences of taking part in in opposition to Metropolis in derbies. I bear in mind shedding the final one at Maine Street, I scored however we misplaced 3-1. I did not rating in a win in opposition to Manchester Metropolis

I really scored in opposition to Peter Schmeichel, who ought to have by no means have performed for Metropolis anyway. That is one other story

[q: xxxxx] Butterflies, undoubtedly. I used to be so proud, very proud. I had been away from the membership for eight years. I had coached a couple of of the gamers however lots of them I had watched from afar and admired

You understand you’ll be able to solely stay off your repute for a sure period of time, it’s important to go in and make an influence and ensure you arrive assured, as a result of that is what the squad wanted. Deep inside I used to be a bit nervous, nevertheless it went OK

The primary couple of days had been surreal. I knew everybody having performed and coached on the membership and it was nearly selecting everybody up, as a result of it wasn’t a cheerful place

While you lose a supervisor it is by no means going to be straightforward for anybody, I needed to are available and make a optimistic influence and we began properly. We have got good gamers and it was about letting them categorical themselves

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Pogba will not be sold] He’s not getting sold in January. [However he also played down the chances of him featuring for the club again in 2019] It was something that really needed sorting but I don’t think I should give you all the medical information. But he’s now feeling good and getting better. It’s worked. When he comes back and plays well, with a smile on his face, and does what he did a year ago when I came here… Paul has been fantastic and we’ve got one of the best players in the world

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Solskjaer promises to mix it up against City] You won’t beat City twice in a row or three times with the same tactics, so we’ll have to do something better than we did last time because I’m sure Pep will have his team fired up.

We’ve looked at that game and we’re very pleased with the result, and parts of that game. There are things we need to do so much better … we’ve got to stamp our authority more. There aren’t many that can do but we have to aim for that. They can out-football you. So we need to get our game heads on and be ready for them again, but we’ve shown them as well we can cause them problems

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Solksjaer revealed the news after confirming that Pogba will not feature in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Colchester United at Old Trafford] Of all things he’s been struck down ill now. He’s been off for two or three days – three days probably – so that’s not beneficial. That’s probably set him back quite a bit

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Manchester United boss believes that Erling Braut Haaland, whom he coached at Molde, has decided his future] He knows what he wants to do and knows what he is going to do. I don’t have to offer any advice to other teams’ players