Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he has held talks with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner about becoming the club's next manager.

Solskjaer and wife Silje flew into Birmingham on Lerner's private jet from the former Manchester United striker's home town of Kristiansund. After a four-hour meeting that also included Solskjaer's agent Jim Solbakken, the 39-year-old returned to Norway to prepare for Molde's Norwegian league clash at Sandnes Ulf on Sunday.

Solskjaer said: "I can confirm I've spoken with Aston Villa. There were no negotiations, but an informal initial chat. They also have other candidates they want to talk to. I wanted to show respect for one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League by responding to their questions with an initial talk."

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