Ferguson gives Solskjaer United endorsement


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has lavished praise on the managerial skills of former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


The Old Trafford boss also suggested the Norwegian has what it takes to manage at a large club like Manchester United.


Ferguson put Solskjaer’s recent success in Norway down to having a long-term career plan and preparing for management early in hi splaying career.


“I think the problem for a lot of footballers today is that when they get to the end of their careers they decide they want to become coaches because they have nothing else in their mind that they think they can do,” said Ferguson.

“Whereas Ole always wanted to stay in the game, so from an early age he was preparing stay in the game as a coach or as a manager, as he is at the moment. So he has given himself a better chance than the rest.

“Ole was always one of the professionals that used to take down all the notes from the training sessions and games.”


The Red Devils chief was complimentary on the skills Solskjaer possessed for management.


As well as note taking, Ferguson believes his former striker’s personality and decision-making skills have set him up for success.


Solskjaer is currently manager of Molde FK in his homeland, who he joined in 2010 after two years of being reserve team manager at Old Trafford.


A former Molde player, he led the side to their first ever league title in his first year in charge and Ferguson believes this is as much proof as you need to see he has what it takes to become a great manager.


“He has got an inner toughness, there’s no doubt about that. He is a nice man with a lovely manner about him,” he added.

“If you go to a club in Norway that have never won the league ever in their history and you win the league you have to have something about you to do that.

“He has brought in his own staff. He’s brought two coaches from United as part of his structure to the club so he knew where he was going. A useful thing to have in management is good decision making.

“It’s possibly one of the most important things and he has been decisive, so yes he has got a lot going for himself.”

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