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Manchester United: Super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Is Already Talking A Different Language To Jose Mourinho

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued his first news conference since taking over as Manchester United manager
  • The former club legend takes over following the sacking of Jose Mourinho
  • Super-sub Solskjaer's first match in charge is away at Cardiff on Saturday

Newly appointed Manchester United first team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued his first news conference of any consequence since taking over from Jose Mourinho earlier this week. Speaking to the club's in-house media vehicle ManUtd TV, the Norwegian looked genuinely happy to be back at Old Trafford, even if only on an interim basis till the end of the season, and gave at least a few other signals that would have really appealed to the club's supporters.

The most notable shift in policy that Solskjaer indicated was that his match-to-match thinking would be more about his team than his opponents -- an attitude reminiscent of what feels like a bygone era when Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils were head and shoulders above the rest in the Premier League. Solskjaer, who is best known for his sensational substitute appearances, as the 'baby-faced assassin' and also for turning out to be quite good at crossing the ball from the right-wing when David Beckham was out of favour, didn't get into individual player wrangles in this particular interview, though one feels that there would be some amount of action on that at the club's training facility at Carrington given that by the end of Mourinho's managership, Manchester United were hardly united.

Paul Pogba is likely the player who needs the most immediate attention. The club's most expensive signing's relationship with Mourinho had completely broken down and there's some amount of controversy over him reportedly high-fiving fellow players in the dressing room after the Portuguese was sacked. 

Solskjaer takes over at the head of the club's coaching setup at a time when their Premier League title prospects look non-existent. They are, however, still in the Champions League, drawn against France's heavily-fancied PST in the round-of-16. Winning the competition outright also appears to be as probable a chance as any that the club will get to qualify for next year's competition given that they are 11 points outside the top four at the moment. Solskjaer will make his debut as Manchester United manager over the weekend, as his side travel to Cardiff on Saturday night. 

 

Here's the Solskjaer interview:

 

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