Playing over two hundred games for Manchester United, collecting six Premier League medals and scoring that goal to win the Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a beloved figure at Old Trafford.
Having had a career spanning over seventeen years as he featured in both Norway and England, the 39-year-old can now be seen managing Norwegian side Molde in the Tippeligaen. With four years of experience under his belt, Solskjær is looking to make the next big step up in his career. And what better move than a return to Manchester United?
With Sir Alex Ferguson pending on the retirement plans he created back in 2002, more speculation has arisen over Solskjær’s eagerness to manage the one club he made a real name for himself with. But just how capable is the Norwegian? And with more experienced managers such as Pep Guardiola and Harry Redknapp on the hunt for a new club, does the Molde manager really stand a chance?
“I’m not naive enough to say I can do that job but in life you should have big dreams and big goals. At the moment I’ve just started and it’s been two years more or less in Norway,” the former Man United star said, according to The Sun. “So the time will come. I’ve spoken to clubs and explained it’s a bit early as I want to learn and don’t want to jump too big a bridge at the start.”
Solskjær was on the shortlist to replace Aston Villa’s Alex McLeish at the beginning of the season before The Villains decided to bring in Paul Lambert. Yet his inclusion demonstrated just how far he has come since managing the Manchester United reserves a couple of years ago.
Whether or not the United legend does finally manage a top-flight club in England remains to be seen but if he gets in charge of the Red Devils, it will be all down to Alex Ferguson. The man who has managed England’s most successful club for 26 years doesn’t look like stepping down anytime soon but when he does, you can guarantee Solskjær will be there.
It could be a moment of sheer exhilaration for the former Norway international in a few years’ time but for now, and just like he acknowledges himself, it’s just one dream too far.