While it’s yet to be officially confirmed, it appears as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to replace Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager. Speaking ahead of Molde’s Europa League qualifier at Hibernian during the summer, Solskjaer claimed that if he was Manchester United manager he would build the team around Paul Pogba, as he did when he was the reserve team manager at the club.
I would [build the team around him], absolutely no doubt. I had him with David [Gray] and Etzaz [Hussain] who is playing for me tomorrow. That just shows how far the kid has come. Paul is a fantastic kid so hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him.
Solskjaer also talked about how even second place isn’t a good enough finish for United and hoped we would be challenging for the title this year.
Last season, second place, a big step up from before. Hopefully we can improve. It depends if we improve enough because City, Liverpool are looking very strong. But Man Utd, when their backs are up against the wall, they’ve always come back. Hopefully, this year, we can take another step and go all the way, because that’s what it’s all about. Second place, yes, you’re back in the Champions League, but I don’t think any of the Manchester United supporters, ex-players or players are happy with second place. It should be top spot.