Solskjaer always planned for management says Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he believed former Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was interested in becoming a manager and gave himself a great chance. The Norwegian is currently enjoying great success at his native Molde, where he won the league title last season.

Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford under the tutelage of Ferguson and was offered the job of reserve team manager when his career was cut short by injury. The Norwegian won the Premier League Reserve title with United and showed great potential that Molde capitalised on. Ferguson believes that the reason for Solskjaer’s success is his desire to learn whilst playing and the fact that Solskjaer had planned to become a coach or manager when he retired.

Ferguson said: ‘Ole was always one of the professionals that used to take down all the notes from the training sessions and games also. I think the problem for a lot of footballers today is that when they get to the end of their careers, they decide they want to become coaches because they have nothing else in their mind that they think they can do. Whereas Ole always wanted to stay in the game, so from an early age as he was preparing to stay in the game as a coach or manager, as he is at the moment.’

The Scotsman also insisted that Solskjaer’s mental toughness has helped him to deliver the league title to Molde for the first time in the club’s history. Other players from Ferguson’s era at Old Trafford, such as Paul Ince, Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce and Roy Keane, have all gone into management and the Scotsman believes that Solskjaer’s manner and decision making will turn him into a superb young manager.

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