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5 ways how Solskjaer convinced Manchester United to give him the full-time job

  • Even though Pochettino was the front runner for the job, Solskjaer convinced the United hierarchy he was the right man for United
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:55 IST

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League

Manchester United have finally appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s permanent manager, on a three-year contract. The Norwegian was in vibrant mood following the declaration and his love for his club was evident from his reaction:

This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.

When he took over the reins at Old Trafford on 19th December 2018, the Norwegian was expected to stay in charge until the end of the season, when a permanent manager was to be appointed. Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino was supposed to be the club’s preferred choice, however, Solskjaer managed to convince the club hierarchy that he was the right man for United.

The decision, as expected, has been met with celebratory reactions from the fans. In this article, we look at the 5 ways how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced Manchester United that he was the right man for the job.

#5 His presence in the press

Manchester United Training and Press Conference
Manchester United Training and Press Conference

Mourinho’s press conferences were entertaining at the start, but they soon took a darker turn. There came a point where his quotes and opinions were often an embarrassment to the club and its supporters. It was more of a personal battle between him and the press and sometimes it seemed like United were caught in the middle of it.

When Solskjaer sat for his first outing with the press, there was a certain freshness about him. It was a welcome change from the dark gloomy days of the Portuguese. He smiled, he was warm and listening to him was genuinely pleasing. If the world thought that Ole was just a good boy who would always be smiling, there were in for a surprise too.

The Norwegian was also strong in his assessment of his players. While he didn't publicly bash them, he has been honest in his opinion at all times. Solskjaer has impressed the world with the way he has presented himself on camera so far. It was a portrait of a perfect United Manager, presentable, charming and wise. His success in donning that role in front of the camera has helped shift the United hierarchy in his favour.

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Published 28 Mar 2019, 16:26 IST
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