Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only just took charge of the Manchester United side on Thursday morning, but the interim manager already has some huge praises to sing for some of his players.
The Norwegian spoke to the club’s official website to offer his initial thoughts since occupying the Old Trafford hotseat, and his interview has left the entire fanbase heavily impressed.
In one section of the interview, Solskjaer was asked about goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez and his work with star shot-stopper David De Gea, to which he replied: “Yeah, I’ve spoken to David and Emilio, of course. David loves Emilio and he really is so complimentary about him.”
He further went on to heap enormous praise on the Spanish custodian, adding: “We have the best goalkeeper in the world. He’s been Player of the Year so many years now and he’s been here, I think, nearly eight years.
“He still looks like a young keeper developing [smiles]. It’s fantastic for me to come in, maybe I’ll have to do some finishing training with him just to peg him down a little bit! [laughs]”
Ole was further asked about the rest of his players, which led to the gaffer reminiscing about the time he spent coaching Manchester United‘s youth academy, wherein he interacted with several graduates who are currently a part of the first-team.
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“I remember I gave Jesse Lingard his debut in the Reserves – away to Burnley. The youth team had just played a game the day before and he didn’t play for the youth team, so he played in the Reserves against Burnley,” the 45-year-old added.
“Within two minutes, that little tiny kid goes into a 50-50 with a massive 6ft 5in centre-back – who is now playing at Burnley as well, Kevin Long – and I remember it still, he absolutely clatters him! That little kid, there was no fear in him. I thought ‘you’ve got a chance’.”
Then coming onto the team talismen, Solskjaer continued: “And, of course, I had Paul [Pogba] in the Reserves too – not for long because he went past the Reserves to the first team very quickly, he was that special a talent.
“Marcus [Rashford], we knew about. I watched Marcus, he was a bit younger – three or four years younger than Jesse – so he was just on his way up, so I knew about him. They are the three that I’ve seen from them being kids. It’s great to see them playing now as well as they’re doing.”