Any player who chooses club over country goes down fairly well with the United faithful, with a United > England stance running through large sections of our support. Alan Smith once turned down the opportunity to play for his country in order to get 90 minutes for our Reserves, which did his reputation amongst the fans no harm!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed today that he turned down the position to manage his national team, Norway, to keep his job as United’s Reserve team manager.
“I did not think it was the right time for me to say yes to the offer,” said Solskjaer. “But of course it was nice to be asked. I work for Manchester United and my career is going in the right direction. It would have been exciting to take on a much bigger job than my current job, but I have a job at United.”
Will Solskjaer spend his entire career with United?
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