Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that it was the talks he had with Sir Alex Ferguson recently that gave him the confidence to take up the Molde job. After turning them down several times in the past, he felt that now was the time to get that extra bit of experience.
Ole also confesses that he would love to come back and manage United one day, although we may have quite a wait on our hands.
“I’ve had conversations with the gaffer in the last couple of weeks and he said it was a good step – and that was the go ahead for me,” said Solskjaer. “He encouraged me and they were the words I needed to hear. I’ve enjoyed my time in England but I’ve got five or six weeks left here and I will enjoy it – but it’s time now to go back to Norway because of my family. I’m looking forward to this challenge but it’s massively hard to leave Manchester United. When I told the manager I almost had a tear in my eye. I’ve had an unbelievable time, I’ve played under him for 11 years and coached for three-and-a-half years, learned a hell of a lot and everyone at United has treated me fantastically. Anyone who’s played for United would love to manage the club – but as the manager told me, you need experience and this is the first step for me. Maybe in 25 years, maybe that’s the time.”