OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has confirmed that he wants to return to the head of the club.
The Norwegian was sacked by Manchester United in November 2021 after almost three years at the helm.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up about his future in managementCredit: Getty
Solskjaer, 50, has not managed another team since – and has instead enjoyed coaching his youngest son Elijah’s youth team in his native Norway.
Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “It’s lovely to be with my youngest son Elijah, just as it was when I was coaching our eldest son Noah after I was sacked at Cardiff – and our daughter Karna just before I joined Man United.
“To be able to turn down offers that I didn’t feel 100 percent about in order to spend time with my family is a privilege. When you manage Manchester United, you sacrifice all that.”
On what he has been doing since leaving Old Trafford, Solskjaer added: “I train a lot, four times a week and we have three teams.
“I help the kids who enjoy it. You see the other side of football, on the pitch – except here it’s just plastic pitches. You see the sparkle in their eyes, they listen to you, they want to learn.
“But you start to miss (professional football) when you see the games, either in person or on TV. Since I left United, I’ve traveled around as a fan with my kids, going to places like Napoli, Milan and Dortmund to experience the games. We loved it.”
Solskjaer then admitted that he wants to return to football management, and that he rejected offers from Saudi Arabia during the summer.
Asked if he has ambitions to go into management professionally again, he said: “Yes, and I’ve had offers. Recently two from Saudi Arabia. My best friend, who is also my agent, is checking them out.
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“If you’ve managed Man United, you set your own criteria about what you want to work with.
“I love England and the Premier League. Even the Championship seems stronger than ever, but I don’t feel tied to England. Maybe a different challenge where I need to experience a new culture and learn a new language.
“The DNA and identity of the club is important, the club where I can be the best. It has to be a match.
“Maybe I made the wrong decision to go to Cardiff, for example, where there was a clash of identities and styles.
“What I miss the most is working with good people, coming every day, talking about football and making a plan for the next game. It’s not just about formations, it’s about creating a culture where the staff enjoy their work and build a team together.”
Unfortunately, it didn’t work
Solskjaer on Jadon Sancho
During the interview, Solskjaer also spoke about Jadon Sancho, who signed the winger for £73m in the summer of 2021.
Speaking about the 23-year-old, currently in exile at United under Erik ten Hag, Solskjaer said: “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.
“When he arrived, he had to go to the hospital and that was a problem because he couldn’t start the first games.
“He’s immensely talented and we haven’t seen the best of him. I hope we will, but he prefers to play on the left wing… where Marcus (Rashford) plays.”
Solskjaer has signed Jadon Sancho in 2021 Credit: Getty