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Ferguson buoyant on Solskjaer return

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's return to England as manager is inevitable, but has warned his former protege not to rush into a major role.

Solskjaer claimed his first major success as manager, winning the Norwegian league championship while at the helm at Molde for the first time in the club's 100-year history.

Naturally, given Solskajer's status at Old Trafford, which saw him score numerous late goals for the club including in the 1999 Champions League final, talk has swelled of his eventual return to the club.

"It's possible Ole coming back to manage [in England] one day," said Ferguson. "It depends when. I don't think he should rush into that.

"His experience is good experience at Molde, a very good one. He comes from the area and his wife and family are all back home.

"He's won the championship so there's no need to hurry with that. The time will come. Timing will be important for him but he's capable of coming back to English football."

Following the climax of his 11-year spell as a player at United, Solskjaer was immediately employed in the club's back-room staff, and soon took control of the reserve side, winning four trophies in his two-year stay before his move back to his homeland.

"He had a good spell with us for the Reserves so he wasn't going into the job blind but it's a fantastic achievement considering it's his first year and we're all pleased with him," Ferguson added.

"He's a student of the game, it was quite clear as, every game he played for us and every training session he took part in, he always wrote it all down.

"It tells you of his dedication to learn the game, he's also very meticulous, and it gives him a great start. There's a real concentration and sacrifice for the job and you need that going into management these days.

"Ole was a great player and a very nice person so I think players will respond to him and we wish him well."

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