Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: From Shedding In Lurgan To The Outdated Trafford Dugout
On Wednesday, Manchester United introduced that former striker and present Molde FK supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be taking up the reins at Outdated Trafford for the rest of the season.
Solskjaer will take over from the not too long ago departed Jose Mourinho who spent two and a half years answerable for United, with the choice receiving a blended reception from many within the footballing world.
The Norwegian’s time at Cardiff, which was a decidedly poor spell, is the one that’s so typically cited when discussing his managerial chops however for the final 4 years, Solskjaer has been honing his craft together with his native Molde within the Eliteserien. An enormous bounce no query.
Such has been the magnitude of the bounce it’s straightforward to overlook how a lot of a step up the function really is.
Particularly when you think about that lower than six months in the past, Solskjaer was answerable for a Molde aspect that have been defeated by Irish League outfit Glenavon at Mourneview Park in Lurgan within the Europa League.
“I keep in mind a lot of the recreation to be trustworthy with you”, Glenavon midfielder Rhys Marshall, who starred within the well-known victory advised Match of Day.
“It’s in all probability top-of-the-line leads to Glenavon’s historical past given the magnitude of the match and the dimensions of the workforce.”
The Lurgan Blues stood toe to toe with Solskjaer’s Molde and regardless of being the heavy underdogs, defeated the Norwegian aspect by 2-1 taking a victory again for the away leg.
Marshall missed the second recreation and Molde subsequently received by 5-1 however as somebody who’s performed towards a Solksjaer aspect, the 23-year outdated outlined the traits of his type of administration.
“They handed it about.
“It was undoubtedly possession primarily based. I wasn’t there for the second leg however at Mourneview Park they handed the ball however they didn’t go it quick sufficient to interrupt us down, they have been fairly gradual and torpid of their passing which we coped with effectively.
“So far as I do know, within the second leg that was an entire completely different story, they saved the ball and handed it and broke us down over there. His Molde workforce have been undoubtedly possession primarily based, whether or not that’s the way in which they play in Norway or not I’m not too certain however I’d say at United he’ll be in search of a bit extra pleasure.”
Following his tough however transient spell at Cardiff Metropolis within the Premier League, it’s tough to know what to anticipate from Solskjaer in his tenure at Outdated Trafford.
Marshall explains that from first hand expertise he feels as if the striker will look to definitely add some pleasure to a worringly lacklustre United aspect.
“As I mentioned I feel he’ll be seeking to convey some pleasure to the aspect. With the Molde workforce he had a few wee playmakers, he allow them to do they what they needed, he allow them to roam about and create performs.
“I feel he’ll try this at United he’ll set his workforce up with a few playmakers and allow them to go and play. That’s in all probability one of many issues Mourinho didn’t do, together with his type the gamers couldn’t actually categorical themselves.
“I feel that’s what he’ll be seeking to do. He performed beneath Ferguson so he’ll know that the followers need to be excited.”
Such was Marshall’s affect on the victory, Solskjaer really singled him out for reward post-match. One thing the younger midfielder outlined was unbelievable because the Norwegian begins life as the brand new Manchester United supervisor.
“Yeah I feel there was an article put up the following day or after the match the place Solskjaer talked about me, he talked about Mark Sykes, Josh Daniels as effectively, he talked about a few us. That was nice to get the popularity off a person like Solskjaer, however the entire workforce performed effectively on that day. He talked about the gamers that modified the sport. “
The person Solskjaer replaces, Jose Mourinho was identified for being one of many extra vocal managers each on the sidelines and in entrance of the media. However will Solskjaer be the identical?
“It’s arduous to note while you’re taking part in however from what I keep in mind he was quiet sufficient on the sidelines,” mentioned Marshall.
“Generally you get managers who’re out shouting and also you discover that, however I didn’t actually discover that from Solskjaer so I’ll take it from that he was quiet sufficient. I don’t know him however I feel that’s simply the way in which he’s. “