Time for Solskjaer to prove his Manchester United credentials

Everyone at Old Trafford will be sad to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leave. His 14 year association at the club has been nothing short of remarkable. He leaves Old Trafford with the blessings of Sir Alex Ferguson, the whole management team and most of all the fans. Manchester United owe a huge debt to one of the greatest finishers the club has ever had. During the treble season his goals were vitally important. His goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup – that kept the treble dream alive and of course the winner in the Champions League final. More on that tomorrow.

Many felt he would never leave Manchester United. Will his move into management see him return to Old Trafford after Sir Alex Ferguson retires. He will not be the next manager, but will this move allow him to prove he has the credentials to be a Manchester United manager in the future.

Solskjaer returns to manage the club he left in 1996. Speaking to the Sky Sports, Solskjaer couldn’t hide his passion and love for Old Trafford.

”I’m looking forward to this challenge but it’s massively hard to leave Manchester United. When I told the manager I almost had a tear in my eye.”

Solskjaer couldn’t have a better mentor in Sir Alex Ferguson. He has coached with Ferguson for three and a half years, and the knowledge and skills he will have learnt will stand him in good stead for future managerial challenges. Ferguson showed his faith in the Norwegian’s abilities by making him the reserve manager, a role that he has thrived in. Young players have commented how they love to play for Solskjaer, and alongside Ferguson, Neville, Giggs and Scholes, there can be no better inspiration for Manchester United youngsters.

Solskjaer has expressed a desire to manager Manchester United. Again speaking with Sky Sports, he expressed such an interest.

“Anyone who’s played for United would love to manage the club – but as the manager told me, you need experience and this is the first step for me. Maybe in 25 years, maybe that’s the time.”

There is nothing to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer couldn’t one day manage Manchester United. First he will have to learn what kind of manager he is. Look at how many of Ferguson’s ex players have made successful Premier League managers. This is testament to Ferguson. He will mentor and teach but he knows that experience is the best coach. Ferguson believes in Solskjaer and knows the move will make him a better manager.

The fans would love one day to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm. He is living proof that in a profession that is dominated by money and fame, sometimes the good guy comes out on top. He is a lovable character, always smiling – knowing full well how lucky we was to play under Sir Alex Ferguson and play for Manchester United. He has as much passion for Manchester United as Gary Neville, but shows it in a more considered and measured way.

Solskjaer’s contribution on the pitch and on the coaching staff will never be forgotten by Manchester United. If he is a successful manager in years to come and Manchester United need a manager, it would be amazing to see him back. This is without doubt the right step for him on his rise to the ultimate goal. He will have strong competition if the situation ever arose but something tells me, and I hope I am right, Manchester United haven’t seen the last of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Like what you read? Tomorrow I will be showcasing Solskjaer’s ten best moments at Old Trafford so have a read. Also, contact me on twitter

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