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‘Could be the next Sir Alex’ – How Solsjkaer’s Man Utd success has gone down in Norway

By William Eldridge

Published: 18:02, 29 March 2019 | Updated: 12:57, 20 August 2019

Newly appointment Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels his appointment comes with high expectations, but back home in Norway the mood is one of “immense” pride.

It was officially announced yesterday that United’s former striker had agreed to a three-year deal to stay at Old Trafford after impressing as caretaker boss.

Is Solskjaer up to the Man Utd job? Five things you need to know…

  1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at Manchester United in December following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
  2. The former centre-forward led United on an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
  3. The Red Devils overturned a two-goal deficit to progress past Paris Saint-Germain into the Champions League quarter-finals.
  4. Adrift in sixth place when Solskjaer took charge, United are now in a great position to finish in the top-four.
  5. United haven’t won a Premier League title in six years.

Understandably, Solskjaer’s permanent appointment at Old Trafford went down extremely well with Manchester United supporters who have seen their side transform overnight following the arrival of the Norwegian.

Squawka spoke with Norwegian football correspondent Ingrid Halstensen who couldn’t hide the passion and pride felt throughout the nation at the announcement of the news.

Halstensen said: “How does it feel? Ole’s at the wheel, it feels good!

“Everybody in Norway is immensely proud of this, this is a big day, a big, big day in Norway.

“It goes straight in on top in terms of sporting history in Norway, without a doubt.”

Halstensen believes Solskjaer’s appointment will see him continue the good work he has already started at the club, with the Norwegians personality key to him succeeding at the club.

“I think we’ve already seen what he’s trying to do already since he came in,” she continued, “with his positivity and finding that identity to Manchester United and I think he will keep on going on that one.

“Of course there will be a window in the summer for transfer, it’ll be really interesting to see who he keeps, who he will have coming into Old Trafford as well.

“He is a manager who is always keen to learn more, learn new experiences and learn from it, getting better every day.

“So I think we’re going to see him grow really well into the role of Manchester United’s permanent manager.”

Halstensen added: “He gets the opportunity now to really leave his footprint at Old Trafford.”

“With the history he’s got, and with Fergie being his mentor, this could be – since he’s young as well – he could be the new Sir Alex Ferguson. You never know.”

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“The Premier League title is what Man Utd expect”

Speaking to reporters after putting his signature on a new contract at the Old Trafford club, Solskjaer acknowledged that there was still plenty of work to be done despite the successes to date.

Solskjaer believes that his time as Manchester United manager will only be deemed a success if he can guide them to the Premier League title once again.

He said: “Definitely – to lift the Premier League trophy again is what we expect, what we’re used to, what we have done so many times.

“We can’t wait too many years but we have to take it step by step.

“If I can walk out of here, when leaving the club, having won things – of course, the Premier League – then I’d be a proud man. I’m a happy man, I’m a determined man – the day I walk out of here, I hope to be a proud man.”

Man Utd next plat Watford on Saturday in the Premier League.