Tuesday, November 30

Solskjær about Norway tour: – A time to collect profits and reflect

THE PRESSURE: Ole Gunnar Solskjær after the 0-2 loss to Manchester City.

A hard-pressed Ole Gunnar Solskjær (48) has been suspended from matches. Now a new “must win” match awaits when Manchester United travel to Watford.


– The national team break is always a time to gather profits and reflect, Solskjær says at Friday’s press conference.

His answer was to a question about whether the Norwegian’s trip to his home country had helped him get things a little at a distance.

It was of course picked up in the British press – among others Daily Mail – when Solskjær chose to travel home to Kristiansund in a private plane to spend some time with the family.

Solskjær was also confronted with the writings in the press about his future. The Manchester United manager was asked if he had spoken to Ed Woodward, who is the club’s administrative director and who has the main responsibility for hiring and removing head coaches.

– I have of course been in contact with the club as we are all the time. It has been a national team break, but it has been something we have used to our advantage.

Several who follow Manchester United closely believe that because Ole Gunnar Solskjær (48) has not been fired in connection with the national team break, indicates that the club still believes that the Norwegian will be able to turn the ship around.

– We have been through periods like this before. Our away form should give us confidence, says Solskjær before Saturday’s away match against Watford.

– We have to do better and we believe that we will do better, he says.

Tyrone Marshall, football writer for the Manchester Evening News, writes that Manchester United still have faith in Solskjær. This is how he chooses to interpret the situation as two other Premier League clubs (Norwich and Aston Villa) took the opportunity just before the national team break to bring in new managers so that they would have better time to prepare for their first match.


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