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Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is "not stupid enough" to want to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, but admits it is his dream to one day manage his old club.

The Norwegian spent 15 years as player and coach with the Premier League giants, before returning to his homeland to manager another of his former sides Molde.

After leading the Scandinavian minnows to back-to-back titles in his first two seasons at the helm, Solskjaer is already being linked with a return to England, when any top-flight post becomes available.

But, the 39-year-old is adamant that he needs to gain more coaching experience before considering his next move, let alone a job like Manchester United.

"I can say that I'm not stupid enough or naive enough to be able to do that job," said Solskjaer. "Every player who has played for Man United would hope that they become such a good manager that they could get that job.

"If that's to happen I've got to work hard in many, many years and learn, get the experience and let's see later on."

Solskjaer made a name for himself as a Red Devils super-sub during his playing days under Ferguson, and established himself as a fans' favourite after scoring that injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

However, he now holds ambitions of reclaiming Old Trafford supporters' affections in a coaching capacity, once the 70-year-old Scot calls time on his tenure, which now stretches 26 years.

"As young managers, when you come to a tough period you've got to get through that one to show the Man United board, Man United supporters that you might be the right man," he added.

"I'll have to get through hard times before I think about that one. I'm always going to be a Man United supporter, you cut me up I'll bleed red.

"Any kid's dream is to play at Man United if you have a Man United heart. When you get too old to play, the next best thing is to be the manager."

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