Challenges ahead for new Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

first_imgManchester United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be in charge of the club until the end of the season.His first task will be to rally the team together after the cracks within forced Jose Mourinho to walk away from the job. Later comes injecting some life into what has been a fraught campaign.On his return to Old Trafford on Thursday, he said that he wants to “get the players enjoying their football”.Mourinho walked away from Manchester United having made the club’s worst start to a season for 28 years and in his final few months in charge were dominated by media reports of his falling out with the club’s 90 million pounds ($114 million) France midfielder Paul Pogba while his side laboured on the pitch playing dull defensive football.Solskjaer, who as a player was part of United’s era of dominance under Alex Ferguson and scored the goal that secured an unprecedented treble almost 20 years ago, wants to return a feel-good factor to their under-performing squad.”I am just going to be myself… get the players enjoying their football and looking forward to seeing the supporters again,” Solskjaer, 45, told MUTV on Thursday in his first interview as caretaker boss.”We are in a results business and we want to win games and that is my job. We just want to see them play the football they can.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: #MUFC caretaker managerWatch the rest of Ole’s interview in our official app download now for free: United (@ManUtd) December 20, 2018Solskjaer, who has left his role as manager of Norwegian club Molde, said the busy upcoming schedule of matches would give all of his squad a chance to impress him.Ahead of his first match in charge against Cardiff City , a team Solskjaer has disastrously managed back in 2014, may not be litmus test many would consider ‘difficult’, but a task nonetheless. Their game on Saturday begins a run of five in 15 days.”The amount of games coming up is no problem because we’ve got an amazing squad, we’ve got 23-24 players,” Solskjaer said.”They are all quality and they’ll all get a chance now with the amount of games coming up. They’ve got a chance to show they are Man United players.”Solskjaer’s place in United’s folklore means he is likely to receive a rapturous welcome when they play their next home match against Huddersfield Town on December 26.The Norwegian, who was the hero on one of the club’s most famous nights when got the winner in stoppage time as United completed a 2-1 comeback triumph over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final, said he would relish his time in charge.”As a player I gave everything I have and now walking out and leading this team and being part of this team. Playing for pride, history, it will be very special.”(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | Jose Mourinho will soon get offers from top European clubs: Former assistant ClarkeAlso Read | Manchester United announce Solskjaer as caretaker manager after Mourinho exitAlso Read | Manchester United is in my heart, says caretaker manager Ole Solskjaerlast_img