Interim Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he would love to remain manager but has not discussed taking the job on a permanent basis.United appointed ex-striker Solskjaer until the end of the season after Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday. Solskjaer, 45, is contracted to return to his role as manager at Norwegian club Molde next summer.
“I understand there are so many managers that would love to be manager of Manchester United,” he said.“I am one of them, but it is not something we have talked about.“I didn’t think twice when they called me to sign me as a player and this is an honour and privilege to be helping the club for a few months.”
The Norwegian takes over with United sixth in the Premier League, 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and 19 behind leaders Liverpool.Asked if he wanted to finish in the top four, Solskjaer said: “I want to get the players to understand how I want to play as a team, then let’s take the results after and see how many points we can gather.
“This club has made up many points before, but I am not going to set that target now.”Solskjaer said he will have an input during the January transfer window, but will first concentrate on getting to know the current squad.
“The club has the recruitment and scouting in place and I am sure they have their targets, but I have not sat down and talked about that because my job is to get them playing,” he added.
‘At Man Utd there are standards we set’Mourinho’s time at Manchester United was marred by rifts with first-team players, especially club record signing Paul Pogba, who was an unused substitute during Sunday’s 3-1 defeat by Liverpool.
Solskjaer, who spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford as a player, says he learned much from his time under manager Sir Alex Ferguson.“My job is to help the players and make them grasp the opportunity – they all want to be part of Man Utd,” Solskjaer said.I will get players enjoying football – Solskjaer
What can Man Utd expect from Solskjaer?
“It’s down to man-management. I have had the best man-manager. I learned how he dealt with people.“It’s about communication. Of course I will sit down and speak to the ones who are not playing.
“When you are at Man Utd there is set of demands and standards we set and one of those is to be a team player.“I don’t think anyone has been on the bench more than me! That’s always my comeback to players – you never know, you might come on and make an impact and grab the opportunity when you get it.”