Solskjaer tipped for United future

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Former Norwegian striker Jan Aage Fjortoft believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be a future Manchester United manager - in five or six years time.

'The baby faced assassin' became a legend at Old Trafford during his time at the club, renowned for scoring vital goals when utilised as a substitute by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

And, after guiding Molde to the Norwegian title is his first season as manager at the club, the former Swindon Town striker, who now works as a pundit in his homeland, believes Solskjaer has the potential to be a future United boss.

"People say he has learned a lot from Sir Alex Ferguson but he must be the most opposite man to the manager," Fjortoft told talkSPORT.

"I think football history has shown that people who have built up a club, there comes a time when you pick-up another manager who you think can do it, a big-time manager who doesn't understand the history of the club, and you have a problem.

"I don't think Ole Gunnar will be ready in two or three years time when maybe Ferguson will resign, but at the time when someone on the board at United says we need someone who knows how Ferguson works, then you have to look around at the ex-United players in management.

"In three or four years time, or maybe five or six when an unsuccessful manager comes after Ferguson, you have to think who can come in after that, and to be fair a lot of ex-United players have had trouble in management. He's adapted so quickly to the management role."

Whilst Norwegian football isn't renowned for being the best in Europe, Solskjaer will now get the opportunity to test his skills in next season's Champions League qualifying round.

Molde's style-of-play under his guidance has also been an impressive factor for Fjortoft, who was quick to commend the 38-year-old for ending the club's 100-year wait for a title.

"The standard of the Norwegian league is not very good at the moment, but this is one of the teams that try to play through the midfield, have good technical players in those positions who can turn the game."

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