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Solskjaer: Giggs Is After My Dream Job

Having won back to back titles with Molde, a club that had never won the league before, in his first two years of management, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is regularly linked with jobs in the Premier League. It goes without saying that United fans would love for him to be good enough to manage our club one day. However, whilst Solskjaer would love the job, he reckons that Ryan Giggs might get it once Sir Alex Ferguson retires.

“He’s looking at that United job for himself, Giggsy. He’s got top potential,” he said. “Giggsy is going to play another year, but I’d say he’s got his eyes and ears open more to what the manager is doing. You have to dream big – if you don’t dream big, you won’t make it. So let’s just wait and see what happens. Giggsy will know that. He’s got real potential and he will be looking at what the manager is doing. I’ve said it before that my dream is to manage Man United. That’s tongue in cheek, really, because it’s a massive job – the biggest job in the world.”

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  1. greenhoff77 says:

    ive got a five year old bet that says David Moyes is the next manager in …….

  2. McCee says:

    I would love to see them both as United Managers..

  3. Rd5454 says:

    ole be the assists Gary for coach

  4. iced earth says:


  5. WeAreUnited says:

    what do you lads think about Sam Johnstone, I think he could be one for the future, he looks composed and is tall and everything, which is good for a keeper.

  6. Andromeda says:

    “The biggest job in the world”well said lad.Ole is certainly aware of responsibility to be a united manager.with his late success at Norwich, he is probably in line, perhaps Fergie is watching his works for Giggs I am not sure, we didn’t see anything from him as a manager yet.I am not sure how that works but I would love the two to part of our club managing staff.Still one should not stick with emotion, as in my opinion they are not ready yet to be a genuine United manager.

  7. kel says:

    I love both of them to be associated with Utd. I hope they can be manager. Best player and manager?

  8. denton davey says:

    OGS has done a superb job as a youth-team coach @ UTD and a truly-wonderful job at his old club in Norway.

    Molde had NEVER won the Norwegian title but under OGS’ leadership, they’re now back-to-back champs. That’s really, really impressive.

    The next big hurdle for Ole-Gunnar is going to be proving himself in Europe – albeit with a very, very unfancied team of players who are roughly second-division quality. That’s what SAF did at Aberdeen and if Solskjaer can do something similar – even getting into the group-stage would be impressive – then I’d imagine that he’s proven himself at the managerial level.

    I’m rather surprised by the huzzah that TheLegend is getting – “next UTD manager”. Ryan Giggs certainly doesn’t come off in interviews as a particularly intelligent man like Jo$e – or a deep thinker like, say, Guardiola – but, maybe, his quiet exterior hides deep, burning fires.

  9. Costas says:

    Relax boys. You could take over together.

  10. James7t7 says:


    Id have Mourinio any day of the week!

  11. King Eric says:

    No Moyes won’t get the gig. I have said a few times do NOT discount Giggsy. He knows the club inside out and has practically worked with Fergie for 23 years! He is also a lot tougher than some credit him for.

  12. Doghouse says:

    I think Ole could prove himself within five years if he makes the right moves at Molde. I think he’s stolen a bit of a march on Giggs in that respect. But that said, I think Giggs could potentially be an amazing manager. When you see the respect he commands across the world, he could be our own Guardiola.

  13. TheCANTONA says:

    No, not Moyes please. Shit records against the dippers, won nothing (while the likes of mcleish & laudrup won league cup), zero experience in champions league. Just because he’s the last decent scottish manager doesnt mean he has what it takes to replicate SAF or Sir Matt achievements…

  14. danielandthebus says:

    OGS anyday.

  15. StatesideAussie says:

    I have a lot of respect for Moyes has achieved. But I don’t think he’s right for us, even though he does run Everton in much the same way as SAF runs United (that is, he has total of the football side, which is a disappearing model, what with “football directors” and what have you).

    I could see OGS in the job and I’d be prepared to stand before him, and be patient. I am less sure about Giggsy. But both have been fine, even great players (especially considering that injury robbed OGS of showing his full potential), and both have United in their blood. Both extremely competitive. And as Guardiola showed, there is precedent for an ex-player (one steeped in his club’s traditions) to take over a huge club without much management experience.

    I would back PGS to be a better manager than Giggs because, as Denton pointed out, Giggs doesn’t come across as all that smart. Not saying he’s stupid, and of course, he has huge amounts of “football intelligence”. I also understand that none of us really knows the man, so how can we say? But OGS is legendary for his deep thinking about the game. All those late goals he scored as a sub didn’t just happen; he wasn’t just lucky. As SAF and others have noted, OGS would study a match intently from the subs bench, so that by the time he came on, he already an excellent understanding of how the players were moving on the pitch and responding to this and that. Even back then, it was clear that he was “manager material”, and what he’s done since then only proves it.

    But all that said, I still think the club will go for Mourinho if he’s available (and I predict that if the club calls him, he will become available as soon as he hangs up). Don’t forget, United is a publicly-listed company now, and so the directors have a legal obligation to act in the shareholders’ best interests. That means they will need to pick the manager who is most likely to keep the club successful (or, to put it another way, who is least likely to see the team’s success take a dip or a dive). Sentiment won’t come into it.

    And based on his record alone, Maureen’s hard to go past. Yes, Sir Bobby and Sir Alex will have enormous input to the decision; they may even make the decision. If they really wanted OGS or Giggs, they could argue that either of those is two is much more likely to stay around in the long term, than someone like Maureen. They could paint Maureen as a mercenary who’s only interested in his own glory. Nevertheless, if you put the three coaching resumes next to each other, Maureen’s the only one with a substantial and significant track record with clubs at the highest level.

  16. FletchTHEMAN says:

    The “next” manager will not be Giggs or Ole.
    The next manager will have a least one of the following
    – won a major league
    – won the CL or Europa Cup
    – won the World Cup

    After this, there might be a chance, but I doubt it. You lot should look at the pedigree of the managers we hired between Sir Matt and Sir Alex

    Frank O’Farrell , Tommy Docherty, Dave Sexton, Ron Atkinson

    None had major silverware, and the “experiment” got us relegated within a few years of winning the European Cup!

    We won’t be doing that experiment again. This is a Billion pound club. It will be run like a billion pound business. The manager will look like a candidate for any top “firm”.

    Next manager, will not be Moyes either.
    Word on the street was that it would have been Sven Erickson in 2002 if Fergie had retired,

    Whatever you want to say about Sven (and I agree with all of it) his palmares would have put Moyes to shame if you looked at 2002.

    3 time league winner in Portugal with Benfica.
    4 time Coppa di Italia winner with a couple different clubs
    1 time Serie A winner with Lazio
    plus Italian Super Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup

    also European Cup runner up with Benfica

    No, it won’t be Moyes.
    Maybe it would be one of these as a short term interum if Fergie had to step away. But I even doubt that.
    Mullenstein would probably step in as interum.

  17. FletchTHEMAN says:

    I know it’s hard to accept that it would have been Sven, but even the BBC has said it and suggests
    the source was Sir Alex himself!

  18. Fibes says:

    I disagree. I think it’s integral that the club seeks to install a manager with the same winning mentality as SAF. If Ole can to some extent replicate with Molde a degree of success in proportion with that Sir Alex achieved with Aberdeen, I would say that will be enough.

    We need a manager who has the potential to take us down another 10-20-30 years, not a Mourinho or Guardiola who might hack it for 3/4/5 seasons then piss off to plow their furrow somewhere else.

    Moyes would be an option, what he has done on the budget Everton have, and the loyalty he has shown that club is nothing short of immense. That’s a big deal. Certainly he has the strength of character to take on a bigger role. Nothing wrong with bringing in another grumpy Scot, eh?

    Giggsy I think has a future in coaching. United manager? Far too soon to tell. We had bright hopes for the likes of Brucey, Robbo and Keano before him and look at them now. Eventually one will break the curve, but will it be Giggsy?

  19. five says:

    Sven sounds odd now but back then he certainly was a top pedigree manager and I think his work for England is pretty under-rated. Always liked him but he lost his way and his passion after his City sack.


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