Ahead of leaving Manchester for Molde, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his last interview with the club.
“It’s dawning on me that I’m actually going,” said Ole. “It’s been a bit strange. Every time I do something it’s the last time I’ll be doing it. It’s dawning now that the family is leaving. My wife and I are going home, but the kids are moving away from home. They’ve lived their lives here. We’re all excited though. If we weren’t then we wouldn’t have done it. For me, work-wise, it’s a good step to get some responsibility and make my own mistakes, and as a family we had to do it now to see if we’re still Norwegian or if we’re totally Anglicised!”
Solskjaer has confessed that he will miss Manchester, but is intending on keeping his house here.
“I realised when I drove the kids to school, or went into Wilmslow or Manchester, that it wouldn’t be a part of my life anymore,” he continued. “But I’m keeping my house here. It’s only just finished – it’s taken three years! Sod’s law, isn’t it? We’ll take a lot with us. It’s the little treats like mince pies. That’s what we missed about Norway – the little details. That’s what we’ll miss about Manchester.”
Solskjaer has obviously enjoyed his role as Reserve team boss and rates his team of youngsters highly.
“I think they’ve got a chance,” he said. “Two or three of these will hopefully get into the first team in a year or two, maybe even before. There are some exciting young talents and I think we all know who. It’s difficult to put money on players making it, because you don’t know how they handle success and setbacks. They’ve got the talent, no doubt. Now it’s up to them to grab their chance and be good pros.”
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