What Man Utd hierarchy thought about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when giving him Old Trafford job

Manchester United thought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney rolled up into one upon hiring him, reports say. The Norwegian has the club on the right path after a year of turbulence, with the Red Devils currently on a run of 11 matches without defeat.

Manchester United hired Solskjaer as interim boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2018.

And the Norwegian excelled in the role, winning 14 of his first 17 matches before being given the job permanently in March last year.

The Independent say that, at the time of Solskjaer being given the keys to Old Trafford, club figures thought it was like talking to Ferguson, Rooney and Ferdinand rolled into one.

That was because they felt Solskjaer was hellbent with United becoming like their old selves, having drifted in the years since Ferguson’s retirement.

It’s also claimed that he was viewed as a ‘risk-taker with his top button done up’.

The board were impressed by the Norwegian wanting his side to be faster, more direct and more adventurous than before.

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And they also respected that Solskjaer was keen on conservative and traditional values, such as players travelling to games in a suit and tie.

A year on, the jury remains out.

But Solskjaer has put hard work in over the last 12 months and recent months suggest his efforts are beginning to pay off.

Back in the summer, eyebrows were raised when he offloaded Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku without signing a replacement.

And many felt he should have cut Paul Pogba loose, with the France international eager to join Real Madrid at the time.

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But the board have struck by Solskjaer, who has recently seen his side go 11 matches without defeat.

The Norwegian has always insisted it will take time in order for the club to catch fierce rivals like Liverpool and Manchester City.

And United want Solskjaer to succeed – and Ed Woodward in particular.

Woodward has gone through three senior managers throughout his time at Old Trafford, with David Moyes the first to go.

Moyes was given a six-year contract upon replacing Ferguson but lasted just 10 months.

Louis van Gaal came next but, despite steering the club to FA Cup glory in 2016, the Dutchman was axed.


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And Mourinho spent two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, winning the EFL Cup and Europa League, but his head also rolled.

Meanwhile, speaking in February, Nemanja Matic expressed a belief that Solskjaer had improved as a manager since his appointment.

He told Sky Sports: “Every day he is improving, getting more experience. For sure he will be better and better.

“Like every manager – Carlo Ancelotti, now and 20 years ago he is not the same. He knows more, he gets more experience, so it will be the same with Ole.

“He is a much better manager than one year ago, in my opinion.

“Now he knows all of the players, he knows exactly what he needs to do before the game, after the game. For his job, the experience is very important.”

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