Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘the more you’re here, the more you enjoy it’

Man United interim boss will sit down with Ed Woodward to discuss January transfers

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will rotate his side for Saturday’s FA Cup game at home to Reading. Photograph: Scott Heppell/Reuters

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will rotate his side for Saturday’s FA Cup game at home to Reading. Photograph: Scott Heppell/Reuters

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not yet held talks with the Manchester United hierarchy about his future at the club.

The Norwegian has made the perfect start to his interim tenure at Old Trafford, becoming the first United manager since Matt Busby to win his first four league games, leading to increased speculation that he may be given the job full-time.

Solskjaer said: “It’s early doors. Of course when I came in they were open and honest about they’re going to have a process looking for the next manager. But the more you’re here, the more you enjoy it.

“I’ve said one game at a time and the day they announce the next manager, if it’s me or someone else, good luck.”

Already a hero to the fans as a player, Solskjaer has received a rapturous welcome back to the club, but he added: “I don’t get distracted easily. I’m very focused.

“I know what my job is. My job is now Reading, then we go to Dubai to prepare for Tottenham. That’s my job. It’s not my job to rate myself and judge myself. That’s up to someone else.”

Solskjaer is also yet to talk with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about the club’s transfer plans for January — and does not expect to have too much of a say.

He said: “You don’t just plan the next day or the next month. I’m sure they’ve got plans for this transfer window. It’s probably been planned since the summer and the year before.

“The structure of the club is phenomenal. I’m sure they’ve got their targets. Obviously I’m here to voice my opinion and I’m sure we’ll sit down, me and Ed, and see if they’ve got anything in the pipeline.”

Solskjaer’s fifth game is an FA Cup third-round clash with Championship strugglers Reading on Saturday, where he will use the opportunity to rotate his squad.

Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku will start but in-form Paul Pogba, who may well have been rested anyway, is unlikely to be available because he is still feeling the effects of Jonjo Shelvey’s controversial challenge in the victory over Newcastle on Wednesday.

“There’ll be a few changes,” said Solskjaer. “They’ll get a chance, some of them that are itching to play. Get Lukaku a start, get Sanchez a start. That’s important for them because they need more game time.”

Solskjaer won the cup as a player and is targeting silverware as a manager, saying: “We’re about winning trophies of course.

“The FA Cup final is such a fantastic final to play in. I played in the 1999 one at Wembley and, after having watched so many finals as a kid, to be able to make that long walk up from the dressing room to the pitch was fantastic.

“If we end up winning, that’s what we hope for. Whatever competition you’re in, you want to win. It’s more or less what you expect at a big club like this.”

Centre-backs Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling remain sidelined and Eric Bailly is suspended but Solskjaer is hopeful Marouane Fellaini will be available.

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