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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