Many Manchester United players had a different first choice to take over from Jose Mourinho

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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 hired Solskjaer to take charge of the club until the end of the season following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

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 received support from some of his former teammates.

Beckham wrote on Instagram: “Good luck Ole”, while Neville said: “I ❤️ Ole Gunnar and hope he’s amazing and wish him all the best.”

Man United players have doubts

Yet it seems their support for the 45-year-old wasn't initially 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.

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It remains to be seen whether Solskjaer can continue his brilliant start to life at Old Trafford and win the job on a permanent basis.

A 3-1 defeat to Liverpool - their fifth loss in the Premier League this season - was the final straw for Mourinho.

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