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Becks: Ole Could Be Next United Manager

Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success with Molde last night, David Beckham has offered his former team mate his congratulations.

“Congratulations to him,” said Beckham. “He’s such a great guy. He was a great player but an even better person. It couldn’t have happened to a better person. He’s a gentleman and was one of the best goalscorers in the world, so congratulations to Ole. Maybe he will be Man United manager one day, that would be nice. But for now, I think United are happy with Sir Alex Ferguson. But in the future, who knows? He’s a winner, he loves Manchester United, so you never know what might happen.”

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  1. romeo says:

    Let’s hope so!

  2. Ben says:

    I have to agree with Becks, one day I can see Ole having the keys to the managers office

  3. Gopher Brown says:

    I don’t want to be a kill-joy and I like Ole as much as the next guy, but having a former player, a club legend, become the next manager is a bit risky. If he fails, all the good will we have for him may disappear, or, even worse, if he fails, he will be allowed to continue failing well past his sell by date.

    I think the insistence that some fans have for a former player is foolish, as it overlooks the other possible candidates who may be more suitable for the job. Sir Alex never played for us, neither did Sir Matt and look what they have achieved.

  4. CedarsDevil says:

    Gopher Brown

    I understand where you are coming from, however its not a rule set in stone is it? Big Ron never played for us and he was a total waste was he not? Pep Guardiola was an ex Barca player was he not? Not done a bad job has he

  5. Kimcent says:

    Pep Guardiola n Frank Rijkaard are former Barcelona players n did/have done a good job..let Ole get some experience then maybe come back.

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    Frank Rijkaard never played for Barca

  7. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @Gopher Brown, I think you are misunderstanding the reason we are bigging Ole up. If Ole had been a miserable failure with the reserves and had not led Molde to their first championship in over a century, and we were still talking about him as the Messiah, then your point might have some validity. But he has done just that. In fact, even our F.A. Youth Cup victory from last season (remember our first since the Fledglings in 92) owes a great deal to the setup he established in his first two years.

    I’ve not followed the Tippelegan, but from what everyone are saying Ole has built a team that has the same attacking virtues that United have established. You can see he is following in the same ideal as the Master himself. Not only following, but also proving to be highly succesful as a result.

    So, I am sorry to burst your bubble, but there is a great deal of reason to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the next Manchester United manager after Sir Alex, and it has nothing to do with him being an ex-player or legend.

  8. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    My bad, we did win it in 95 and 03. :roll:

    Where’s Costas when you need him most? :P

  9. Gary says:

    It’s an exciting prospect but it’s important not to let your love for the guy cloud your judgment on a possible future manager. Our club is sensible enough to know this but it’s a promising start to his career in management and long may it continue. Beckham as usuall with United in his thoughts, he still loves the club and I think it’s sad that the circus that has surrounded him (partly down to him) has someone made people forget about just what a great player he was for Manchester United.

  10. CedarsDevil says:


    Our love for the guy has nothing to do with our judgement here…… He just makes so much sense to be the next boss

  11. Gary says:


    I’m not syaing he shouldn’t be. I’d welcome him but it’s too early to talk about it yet. Quite frankly I dread the day Fergie leaves as all fans do. I fear our dominance of English football will be over, not to say we won’t win titles, but not with regularity like we have. It’s huge pressure on anyone who takes over, it’s important to keep the principles set in place at the club or slowly over a period of time we will see the decline in our club. Ole could well be the man I would welcome him and everyone would give him time and support him but for now I’m just delighted Fergie has no plans to retire as of yet. I have not known life without him there I was born the year he took over. It will be a sad day in the clubs history and we have to get it right who replaces him because we clearly didn’t when Sir Matt retired.

  12. CedarsDevil says:


    We would be fools not to dread the day my friend but it is coming…. Makes me sick to ever imagine United with out Sir Alex at the dugout, 25 years of my life following the club and he has been there, raving, shouting and of course shewing his gum…. The day will come at some stage though, as much as we all hate it but in all honesty I cannot think of anyone more suited to take over than Ole

  13. NBI Red Onion says:

    If we have a fomer Red Ole seems to have a decent claim and he would be loved.

    However, the man I truly see as our next managers in glory, if he would just get off the couch and start coaching is Red Neville. He has everything to suceed as a manager and he coudl handle difficult prima dona players and give a good hairdryer, he lovers the Club and knows his tactics, he would play the United way, we just need to see him deliver some track record in coaching. Woudl love for Nev to be our next manager, way more than Keano who can lose the plot at times as a a manager, Gary would be tempermentally, intellectually and analytically perfect.

    Don’t forget that they would also inherit SAF’s coaching team and so they would have lots of supprt going forward.

    I don’t think there were many x-United players coaching when SAF was appointed. And he is the best. However, there are now, partly as a result of his huge inspiration, lots. United probably produces more players who want to manage a club than any other team. So we have lots of x players with management experience, whose temperment, methods and love for United is know, they are some of the best in their leagues, so it is a great position for United to have these people to also now chose from.

    Let me just say that I still live the guy as a United player and great, but NO WAY would i want Sparky Mark Huges as United coach after the way he has gone about things, I don’t just mean the Clubs he has managed, I mean the things he has said.

  14. Costas says:

    I had to..

  15. YorYor says:

    Well, perhaps it would all make even more sense if he brings a hat-trick of titles to Molde. Maybe lift the European Cup against the odds after dropping out of the CL group stages. By then, who knows how long the queue of clubs after his signature would be?
    Whether you’re a supporter or a doubter, give him more time. He’d do well to manage 2 or 3 more clubs in different countries to widen his knowledge and styles of different leagues and players of different nationalities. We could afford that I think – let the next manager after SAF bear the brunt of the pressure first.

  16. Costas says:

    haha united rocks!

  17. theredderdevil says:

    yor yor. Who said Ole hasn’t experienced playing styles of different leagues, he’s been in norway,england and numerous champions league games all over europe. And for saying that he hasn’t worked with different nationalities i hope u dont imply united are only made of one nationality


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