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Club Over Country For Solskjaer

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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  1. Paul the red says:

    i hope does spend his entire career with us…

  2. bruce thomas says:

    Top man, Ole.

  3. King Eric says:

    Yes i am convinced that 2Olegend will spend his entire career at United. His attitude has been spot on since day one.

  4. Penski says:

    Legend. One day he WILL be out manager..hopefully ¬_¬

  5. sunny says:

    i want him to take over from fergie…..and before anyone says it,i think it will be better if someone young takes over as a manager and we wait for a few years for him to develop the team just like fergie did

  6. Saad says:

    Ole! Quality lad, no question

  7. frodoisdead says:

    i don’t think he’ll replace fergie tbh.
    i hope that he becomes the number 2 of whoever the new manager will be in the hope that he will be moulded as a future united manager in the future, even if he leaves for another club for a few years.
    i can see him having a successful career in management. he seems like the kind of guy who would have the absolute respect of the players and fans alike.
    he will always be one of my favourite united players.

  8. SteRDLK says:

    Ole, I think, is the only ex-player who could take over United. He is the complete opposite character to Eric Cantona, which would work in his advantage.

    Ole was a fantastic player, with high demands of himself, and I think he is the type of person who would know what to demand of each individual player, as well as the team as a whole. The fans LOVE him, possibly more than Eric just coz of 1999, he even has a Manc twist in his accent! Gotta love Ole, hope he someday is our manager.

  9. King Eric says:

    steRDLK: Yeah I love the fact he has got a manc twist in his accent!

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  11. clj7 says:

    I think Sir Alex is preparing the youth to take over the same time Solskjaer will take over. Cause Utd didn’t really have a good Youth System when he first came to the club. It’ll have to be someone young to take over the club! An experienced manager would change how things are running at the club. And that’s exactly what Jose Moaninho wants, basicly he’s hoping to invade the club. Which I hope Fergie realises, because they seem to be best friends at the moment.


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