Manchester United’s phone call to ask about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s availability came as a “complete surprise” to Molde managing director Oystein Neerland.
The Red Devils have hired Solskjaer to take charge of the club until the end of the season following Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday.
The Norwegian coach will return to Molde for the 2019-20 campaign.
“When Mourinho was sacked the discussion here immediately turned to Ole being a potential candidate,” Neerland said, per the Mirror.
“But it was still a complete surprise when Ed Woodward called me. It’s a very interesting situation but I’m very happy with the situation.”
Solskjaer is a hero at Old Trafford and he’s already received support from some of his former teammates.
Man United players have doubts
Yet it seems their support for the 45-year-old isn’t reciprocated by Man United’s current players.
There are doubts in the dressing room about Solskjaer’s personality, according to the Independent. Some players wonder whether he might be a bit too soft, particularly given the egos in the current squad.
Some are too young to remember Solskjaer’s time at the club, meaning his achievements - which include six Premier League titles and the 1999 Champions League - may not actually stand for much.
And the Independent add that many wanted Michael Carrick, a first-team coach, to take charge.
It remains to be seen what impact Solskjaer has at the club but it became apparent that Mourinho could no longer continue.
The 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday - their fifth loss in the Premier League this season - was the final straw.
Mourinho’s side attempted six shots compared to 36 from Liverpool; it was the clearest evidence yet of just how far behind their rivals Man United are.
The club can now go in search of Mourinho’s permanent replacement while Solskjaer attempts to turn their season around.