After being named the new Manchester United interim manager in the midst of a heavily busy period, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already up and running in his new role at Old Trafford.
The Norwegian has already greeted the staff at AON Training Complex, even presenting the club’s long-serving receptionist with a chocolate bar from his homeland.
Now, after having commanded his first training session with the squad, Ole has spoken to the Red Devils’ official website to provide some initial input ahead of his debut fixture.
When straightaway asked if he can leave a lasting impression during his six-month tenure at the club, the former striker replied: “Well, it’s six months and I’m going to enjoy the ride. I’m back home, and it’s about seeing the players, seeing the staff. It’s about, of course, just being myself.
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“I know that the club is now running the process to find the next manager, so I’m just going to be myself, with Mike [Phelan], Kieran [McKenna] and Michael [Carrick] and the rest of the staff. We’ll just get the players enjoying football and I’m looking forward to seeing the supporters again.”
But perhaps the best moment of the interview arrived when Ole was asked whether the job of scouting the opposition teams will be carried out by himself, or handed over to his aforementioned assistants.
“We’ve got a great set-up at the club with all of the analysts here. When I came in this morning [Thursday], they were watching Cardiff. Of course, I watch the Premier League, I’ve seen all of the teams so I’ve got a little bit of a view on them,” Ole admitted, before spectacularly adding:
“But it’s not about the opposition. It’s about us, it’s about Manchester United. It’s about our players knowing what they can do. We want to see them express themselves, so my main focus, of course, will be on us and how we want the team to play, and then we’ll give them one or two details about the opposition.”
Already righting Jose Mourinho’s wrongs? Godspeed, Ole!