“Want To Feel Pressure Of Managing A Club”: Ex-Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Feb 9, 2024

Almost two years after parting ways with Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not letting his dreams of managing another legacy club fade and admitted he is missing the pressure-packed world of a top-flight football manager. Solskjaer left Old Trafford in November 2022 after the club suffered heavy defeats against arch-rivals Liverpool, neighbors Manchester City and Watford. “I've at least got a club job. It's an interesting, somewhere, an adventure, somewhere I can be myself. No disrespect, but after managing Manchester United for three years, It's like, where do you go? “Yeah, sure, I want to feel that pressure again. You know, when you watch the game, you remember it,” Solskjaer told a select media gathering on Friday.

However, Solskjaer, a former United star and a favorite of its legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, said he needed a break after three years at the helm of one of the most followed football clubs in the world.

“It's the best job in the world (managing Manchester United). You always want to manage against the best football people in the world. The Premier League is the best league in the world, the toughest.

“I've been there for three years. Yes, it's a tough job. It's an extraordinary job, but you are the face of the biggest and best club in the world. You have to be up to scrutiny at all times.” So, I enjoyed it and after going away I needed a break,” said the 50-year-old.

The former Norwegian forward was not exactly happy to see the 'Red Devils' finish sixth in the current Premier League, and was hoping to find some consistency to move up the ladder.

United have 38 points from 23 matches and are in real danger of missing out on a place in next season's Champions League.

“It's a very exciting time with Jim Ratcliffe (United's new owner). I think it has given confidence to both the fans and the supporters. But we need more consistency. You can see that even the better teams are just as consistent. Not as much as they were.

Solskjaer said, “If you go back two years, Liverpool 99-100 points, that's consistency. If we want to get to the top again we need at least 90 points, and you need more consistency.” Is.”

Ratcliffe's plans to build a new stadium for Manchester United on the site of 114-year-old Old Trafford have caused something of a stir in English football circles.

Ratcliffe wants to build a stadium that can seat 90,000 spectators, a plan he has dubbed the 'Wembley of the North'. But Solskjaer said fans have to move with the times.

“We have to move with the times at the moment. Something has to happen at Old Trafford, as you say, it's either a renovation or a new stadium because if we're staying in the same place we're lagging behind.

He said, “We need new stadiums, for example, the Tottenham stadium, it's an incredible place. It's also my last win as Manchester United manager. It's a very nice place. But yes, history is important. “

Solskjaer is on a three-day visit to India, which is being hosted by Ace of Pubs owner Tilak Gaurang Shah and will also visit Mumbai and New Delhi in the next few days.

“By bringing Solskjaer to India, we have been able to showcase the deep connection between the country and the club. Through this tour, we also aim to fulfill the lifelong dream of the club's supporters,” Shah said.

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