Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is on a mission to restore Manchester United’s attacking identity as he bids to persuade the club’s powerbrokers to hand him the manager’s job on a permanent basis.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives an insight into how he has turned things around at Manchester United by embracing the club’s history.
Asked what would constitute success in his eyes, the Norwegian said: “Get to summer and people are talking about the way Manchester United are playing, the style we’re playing, that it reminds us of Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams, it reminds us of the successful times.
“It has to start with the way we play because results you cannot control. You can control how you approach the game and how you play. And, of course, trophies – if you can get to the final of the FA Cup and get a trophy.”
Solskjaer admits his brief when he was handed the job was to make United watchable again and liberate the talent in the squad.
“We didn’t speak too much about what’s been going on, to be honest,” he said. “It was about seeing what you can do to go back to the way we used to play, the way Man United are supposed to play – exciting football. We’re looking a little bit like how we want to see the team.
Solskjaer takes enough time to explain how his philosophy is stated.
“Pace and power – that’s what we are. When you have players like we have with pace – Paul [Pogba], Anthony [Martial], Alexis [Sanchez], Romelu [Lukaku], Marcus Rashford – that’s how we played with Andy [Cole], Dwight Yorke, Ryan Giggs and Becks [David Beckham] down the sides. We attack quickly when you can. That’s my philosophy as well.”
What exactly is that identity?
Asked what exactly is that identity that he wants to restore, Solskjaer explains:
“It is easier here because I know what the DNA and identity of Manchester United are and what a Manchester United player is.”
“It’s a winning identity,
“It’s a confident identity.
We want to take risks. We want to go for the second, the third and the fourth goal because that’s just how we do things at Manchester United. If you can’t handle that then you are at the wrong club.”
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