On November 21, 2021, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (50) has parted ways with Manchester United. Since then, the Norwegian coaching profile has remained low profile, appearing in very few interviews.
However, one of those who remains in touch with Solskjaer is renowned sports journalist and United We Stand editor Andy Mitten.
– I’m in regular contact with him, and I’ve been around for a long time, says Mitten i Viaplay’s Premier League podcast.
The journalist follows Manchester United closely and was in Norway in connection with the “Red Devils” match against Leeds at Ollival Stadium on Wednesday night.
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It has been more than a year and a half since Solskjaer’s working relationship with United ended. Since then, many people have speculated about what the former top scorer spent his time on.
The gauntlet gives insight into exactly that.
He spent time traveling around Europe with his family. He watched a lot of football. He looked back on all of United’s matches during his time as manager of the club.
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He only got the job because he was a legend at the club.
As is well known, there was no happy ending to Solskjaer’s tenure as Manchester United manager. Having won just one of their last six matches, losing 1-4 at Watford was the nail in their coffin. Shortly after the match, he was sent off.
With the poor performance, there was also a lot of criticism towards Solskjær. Some believe he was initially given the United job based on the fact that he is a legend at the club, while others point to the fact that his tactical abilities were limited.
These claims make Metin shake his head.
If everyone at Manchester United had told me he wasn’t good enough, I would have listened to them. But they tell me the opposite. They really talk about it well. So it goes against the narrative you sometimes hear about Ollie. “He only got the job because he was a legend at the club, because he was this and that,” but tactically he was highly regarded, says the journalist.
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Unai Emery put Solskjær forward
Mitin also mentions a story from his visit to former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, when the Spaniard was coach at Villarreal. On his own accord, the current Aston Villa manager has started talking about Solskjaer’s tactics, he says.
Emery suddenly started talking about Solskjaer in tactical terms. “Okay, that’s interesting,” I thought. So I told Ole about it, and he started talking about Emery tactically. So it is clear that they respect each other. I’ve also spoken to other coaches about Solskjaer, and they think he’s a good coach, concludes Mitten.
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