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Solskjaer: It’s Hard Watching United From The Sidelines

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confessed it’s a lot more difficult watching Manchester United as a fan than it is as a player because you cannot influence what is happening on the pitch.

Solskjaer was on the Old Trafford field on Saturday to watch his Reserve team be presented their Champions’ medals and lift the league trophy but would clearly prefer to be out there playing.

“It is not so bad as a player,” said Solskjaer. “You are looking forward to the games and, in a sense, you are in charge of your own destiny. As a coach and a fan it is worse because you are standing on the outside. All you can do is stand there and hope. We still have a chance. We had that dreadful week where we went out against Bayern Munich and then drew with Blackburn. But you can’t feel sorry for yourself. It was time to respond and we have. We are in with a shout, which is where we wanted to be.”

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  1. Irish Red says:

    Fergie, Sign him up!

  2. elvido says:

    Any chance of an “emergency” striker signing?!! Ole would do just nicely! :)

  3. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    I feel for the guy
    i remember cantona saying the same type of things
    “If you have only one passion in life – football – and you pursue it to the exclusion of everything else, it becomes very dangerous. When you stop doing this activity it is as though you are dying. The death of that activity is a death in itself. “

  4. willierednut says:

    The new home and away kits for next season confirmed.

  5. bchilds says:


    Not bad, like the home kit. I wish the crest was embroidered onto the jersey though.

  6. Costas says:

    And trust me, it’s hard not having this guy in the team.

  7. bchilds says:

    It’s hard to see Ole in a tracksuit or suit and not the United kit. Any chance of a comeback Ole, how’s the knee?!

  8. bchilds says:

    Looking at the photo again I hope the home shirt is a better shade of red than the photo suggests, it looks more orange than red!

  9. Gorse Hill Red says:

    We could have used you against Blackburn Ole.

  10. willierednut says:

    bchilds – I prefer the home one myself. On Ole, can he not come out of retirement for these last two games lol. ps fooking legend by the way

  11. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    when i looked at the white one i got a mental image of giggs -fa cup -arsenal

  12. bchilds says:


    That’s what I was thinking, I think if Wazza can’t make it a Berba/Ole partnership anyone???

  13. Macheda IS GOD says:

    I bet legendary strikers wish they could be on the pitch when they are as a manager..

  14. Macheda IS GOD says:

    that united away kit is fantastic

  15. kel says:

    When i saw Ole coming out of the stand to say the last goodbye to OT fans. I cried.. That time i thought he was gonna say some emotional speech however, i feel he constrain himself. Well done. How i hope we can turn time back.

  16. willierednut says:

    GHTT – It is similar to that one.

  17. Sherif Zaki says:

    The collar is back for the home kit which is great – now I am sure Cantona is happy. But that away kit is probably worse than any away or 3rd kit in the past decade. Seriously that’s just crap.

  18. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ willierednut – Just looked at the shirts for next season. Nike are fucking lazy no imagination behind the home one whatsoever. My Godson who’s only 5 could conjour up something which looks better. Like the away although I do think its a copy of a training top we once had with Vodafone on it.

  19. willierednut says:

    NRD – Our home tops are always plain though, my favourite home jersy was 98/99 season, think it had the zip with the white collar.

  20. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    willierednut – I suppose they are plain but Nikes best United shirt was the one we won the Carling Cup in 2006. I was still a teenager when the Nike deal was announced but to be honest Umbro and Adidas have made the best United Shirts by far. I for one will not be purchasing it.

  21. Kings says:

    Get Ole in for the last two games!

  22. TonyBee says:

    i think the home shirt is shit.

  23. musvn says:

    I think home kit is too casual, it’s just like a red shirt with club logo on it. It hasn’t been confirm on the club website yet so hopefully these are not official. Liked the away kit though, at least there’s a bit more thought in it – though it looks like one of those away shirt that we had back in 90s that I dont remember.

  24. Stenis says:

    Ole > Owen ?

  25. ynnek says:

    Ole the Legend!

  26. Jay says:

    Trust us Ole,we feel the pain worse-not being able to unleash our super-sub.


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