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Solskjaer dreams of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United

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Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it’s his dream to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

‘The baby-faced assassin’ became a Red Devils icon during his 11 years with the club, scoring a number of important goals for the 12-time Premier League champions – including the winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

And, after spending three-years in charge of the reserve team between 2008 and 2011, the Molde manager would love to return to his former club for the top job in the future.

However, the 39-year-old isn’t holding his breath just yet, and admits that the current boss could stay in charge for a few more years yet.

"You never know. I feel at home in England and, although I am delighted here, one of those offers which are impossible to turn down could come along,” he told Spanish paper Marca

“Maybe it sounds stupid, but to manage Manchester United is my dream. But look, I am not saying it is going to happen.

"Winning trophies gives him energy. Although he is now 71, he could keep going until 75. I am happy not to [have that task]. I believe the most important thing is to continue with the club's traditions. 

“To succeed Sir Alex you need to have personality and to be a winner."

Solskjaer was speaking ahead of United’s trip to Real Madrid, with the two giants of European football set to meet in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

And, much like when United won the competition in ’99, it’s four strikers who could fire the English giants to glory. In the mind of Solskjaer, it’s Robin Van Persie who holds the key, labelling the Dutchman the MVP.

"[Wayne] Rooney has been a top player since he was 16. He has changed his way of playing, and is more complete now,” he concluded

“[Robin] Van Persie is the MVP of this season. He is a superstar without the ego of a superstar. It makes me proud that Chicharito is called the new Solskjaer."

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