Solskjaer handed chance to manage top club – could face ex-Man United manager

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the match against Wolves.

Former Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains without a managerial job Reuters/Carl Recine

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds his name on the wish list of Besiktas, who appear keen to sign the former Manchester United manager.

The 99 Treble winner with Man United was relieved of his duties as the club’s manager in 2021. Ever since, Solskjaer has received multiple job offers, but he has shown little interest in returning to the touchline.

Now, according to a report from The Mirror, the 51-year-old is attracting interest from one of Turkey’s biggest clubs, Besiktas.

The report reads: “Besiktas want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to challenge Jose Mourinho in Turkey next season.”

Interestingly, Jose Mourinho, who managed United before Solskjaer, has joined Fenerbahçe, who finished second in Super Lig last season.

Should Solskjaer decide to accept Besiktas’ approach, he may find himself facing the Portuguese legend. However, at this stage, such a possibility remains a big if.

It is understood that Besiktas tried to sign Solskjaer last year as well. The Norwegian even held talks with the Turkish club, but ultimately decided to turn down their one-and-a-half-year contract offer.

Still, it is claimed that Besiktas are “refusing to give up” and the former United manager remains their dream target. He features high on their shortlist, which also includes former West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

Meanwhile, Michael Carrick, who was part of both Solskjaer and Mourinho’s coaching staff has signed a contract extension with Middlesbrough until 2027.

As far as United’s own manager, Erik ten Hag is concerned, it appears the club’s hierarchy, led by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, are yet to finish their end-of-the-season review before making a final decision on his position at Old Trafford.