While it isn’t official yet, it appears the general consensus within the English media is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with a little bit of help from Mike Phelan, could become Manchester United’s interim manager following José Mourinho’s unceremonious sacking on Tuesday morning.
The news has been met mostly positively by fans on social media, and while they’re happy, you can be sure the former Norway international is on cloud nine at the thought of taking the role.
How do we know this? Because he’s been dreaming about this moment ever since he left the club and started his managerial career.
Back in 2013 (we’ve been doing some digging), for example, he gave an interview to Marca in Spain, when he was in his first spell with Molde, where he discussed what his aspirations were going forward.
He said: “It may sound a bit stupid, but to lead Manchester United is my dream as a coach. Mind you, I am not saying that this will happen. It’s the same dream anyone has who has played at United.
“Many former players are now coaches and are doing well, they sure would like to lead the team in the future: Steve Bruce, Roy Keane, Mark Hughes… I think Ferguson is a good role model for us all. We see how much he does, how much he delivered.”
In the same interview he was asked to describe himself as a coach: “I have been at Manchester United for many years and this has helped to build my football philosophy. I have worked with Ferguson for almost 15 seasons and his way of working, of training, of running a club… has influenced me when it comes to playing attacking football, always going out to win, practicing a style of play that entertains people and means fans go home happy.”
On what he’d picked up from Sir Alex Ferguson, Solskjaer said: “I have always noticed his incredible winning mentality and his constant desire to improve. From Ferguson I also learned to give everyone a chance. Anyway, almost everything I know I learned from Sir Alex.”
Then, back in 2017, when talking to the Scandinavian Manchester United Supporters Club, the Molde manager explained that just the thought of managing the Old Trafford based club ‘gave him goosebumps’.
And now, fast forward to Tuesday December 18th, with all the talk surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer getting the job at least until the end of the season, his current side’s president, Øysten Neerland, gave what can only be taken as a hint to Dagbladet about the Norwegian’s future.
When asked about the rumour, he replied via text: “I don’t have any intention of commenting on this subject” followed by a SMILEY FACE.
Okay, we might be reading a bit too much into it, but still, you can tell what it would mean to Solskjaer to be given the job.