The former Manchester United man has always talked about his desire to stay and has now reveals that he features in the club’s season ticket commercial.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has led Manchester United to 12 wins in his first 15 games in charge after replacing Jose Mourinho. The club is yet to make a decision on the permanent appointment. The fans have grown to adore him and he has slowly pushed himself into contention for the permanent gig. Now, the Norwegian seems to have tease the Mancs by hinted he might be at the helm come August.
“We have been discussing the future”
Solskjaer has explained that he continues to plan ahead for next season. But he is not making any assumptions that he will be handed the role beyond the end of the current campaign. “Yes I have. We’ve been discussing the future of the club,” he told reporters on Friday. “We did that before I had won two or three games and all this talk about if I should stay or not. My contract is up in the summer but I still, as I’ve always done for Man United, give my 100 per cent and my best.”
“You have to plan. Even if I’m not here, I still give my view on who I would like to see as a supporter. I’ve done a video shoot on season tickets so I’m pleading for them to get their season tickets,” he added. “If it’s me as a supporter or manager I don’t know, but they should still buy their season tickets because the club is going somewhere.”
“It’ll be stranger to see yourself in the video if you’re not here but no, it’s not strange doing it. If my kids see a commercial with me in it and I’m back home in Norway that’ll be strange probably.”
Ole on fixture list
The 46-year-old also insisted that he feels no nerves about games coming up. The Saturday’s clash with Southampton is followed by trips to Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Wolves in three different competitions.
“I’m not a nervous guy. I need to relax, I need to enjoy it. I think my players see as well that I do enjoy this,” he continued. “This is the best time of their lives playing here. These are the times Man Utd players step up when the going gets tough.“
“You sign up for challenges, you sign up to rise to those challenges when you’re at Man United. We’ve got Arsenal coming up, PSG away coming up, big games.These are the periods and times that make them stay in the history of the club.”
When Manchester United turned to Solskjaer, not many expected him to do as well as he is. In the space of two and half months, he has gone from a ‘caretaker” to a potential candidate on a permanent basis. The early run of eight successive wins was impressive in a way. But the way he has managed to regroup his men after setbacks certainly gives credibility to the claims. He has switched system, altered tactics and propagated an attacking style while promoting the club’s ethos of blooding in youngsters. On the face of it, Solskjaer looks like he might be the perfect candidate but things might not be the same come the end of the season. The Manchester United hierarchy should not jump the gun and take every second available to get the appointment right this time.