The Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho in December 2018.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks Manchester United are back on course as the 1999 treble hero prepares to take the wheel for the 100th time.
Parachuted into the Old Trafford hotseat at first as a momentary replacement for Jose Mourinho in December 2018, the Norwegian has been on a rollercoaster flight as he tries to get the club back to the top.
October has been a microcosm of such low and high, with the month starting with a chastening 6-1 home loss to Tottenham and ending in a jaw-dropping 5-0 Champions League win against RB Leipzig.
United kick-off November with a home clash against Mikel Arteta‘s Arsenal on Sunday, when Solskjaer– to his shock– will reach a century of matches in charge.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed a 5-1 win at former club Cardiff in his first match as interim manager (Nick Potts/PA)
“Arsenal is always going to be difficult because they are a very good team with a good manager, who’s got some great ideas on how football should be played and I’m looking forward to it,” the United boss stated.
” I marvel it’s 100. It’s gone actually rapidly, despite the fact that a lot has took place.
“So, let’s hope I can celebrate number 100 with a good performance and a result. I’ve enjoyed it so far.”
Solskjaer led United to 3rd in the Premier League and 3 cup semi-finals in his first full season in the hotseat, however a truncated pre-season laid the structures for a stumbling start to 2020/21.
Tottenham humbled United 6-1 at the start of the month (Oli Scarff/PA)
Skipper Harry Maguire confessed felt like they “were in a big crisis” after the home beats to Crystal Palace and Spurs, however there has been a heartening response to the worrying efficiencies.
“Well, I think any result as brutal as a 6-1 would have to get a response and, of course, it has been dealt with internally,” Solskjaer stated.
” We have actually modified a number of things, we have actually got players fit and I think the way of defeat wasn’t something that we ought to ever have to be faced with once again.
“Then again, things happen in football these days but the response has been fantastic and that’s what I’m concerned about. We wanted to finish that off as soon as we could and just move forward.”
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Solskjaer highlighted the need to keep working and establishing ahead of the Old Trafford encounter with Arsenal, who United will face without Alex Telles after the deadline-day finalizing checked favorable for Covid-19.
There are no other fresh issues for the Norwegian to compete with, nor exists the possibility for him to secure the squad or use as successfully as he would like as this relentless season continues.
While 5 alternatives are permitted to be utilized in European competition, Premier League clubs voted against its application having actually utilized it during Project Restart.
“100 per cent (I would like to have seen it) and I don’t understand and cannot believe that the vote went against because we have to look after the players,” Solskjaer stated.
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” We have to think about the players since this season is the most requiring season of all.
” I can see the point why clubs voted against however if you take a step back and think about these expert footballers and their physical and psychological health, I think the only reasonable service would have been to provide us the chance to rest a couple of more.
” We have already seen loads of injuries in the Premier League. I understand Pep has been discussing it, other supervisors.
” We as supervisors, as clubs, as personnel, medical personnel, we have to care for them.
“That’s why we have to rest players at certain times so, yeah, I would have liked to have had five subs.”
Sergio Romero was an appealing omission from Manchester United’s teams (Richard Sellers/PA)
United have a lot of alternatives to call from that internationals Sergio Romero and Phil Jones were left out from the Premier League and Champions League teams.
“Sergio has just come back into training this week, so he’s started his pre-season work and is working to get to his peak fitness with the goalkeepers,” he stated.
” Phil has been hurt and he’s had an operation and he’s working actually hard to beback He’ll ideally get in shape during December.
“That was a natural thing, when you’re injured you can’t really be in the squad, can you? He’s working really diligently and he’ll be coming back soon.”