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Solskjaer Says He Wants The United Job Permanently

Solskjaer Says He Wants The United Job Permanently
By Gavin Cooney
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he would like to be the permanent Manchester United manager, having been unveiled as the club's interim boss this morning. The United legend held a news conference at 9am this morning, at which he confirmed he would like to stay on in the role in a full-time, long-term capacity.

"There are so many managers who would love to be manager of Manchester United", said Solskjaer, "and I'm one of them. But it's not something we've talked about".

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United are expected to reconfigure management entirely over the summer, with the appointment of a Sporting Director along with a new manager. The favourite for that latter role is Spurs' Mauricio Pochettino, but Solskjaer has the chance to audition for the job between now and the end of the season.

Alex Ferguson is believed to have had an important role in hiring Solskjaer, and the Norwegian spoke of his former boss' influence.

He’s influenced me with everything to be fair: the way he’s dealt with people; how he kept 25 international players happy, hungry and wanting to improve; but also the staff in and around the place. He’s been my mentor but I didn’t understand early on he’d be my mentor.

Towards the end, maybe the injury in 2003, I was making notes of what he did in certain situations and I’ve already been in touch with him. There’s no one to get better advice from.

He confirmed that he will have an input into January signings, and will face former club Cardiff City in his first game in charge this weekend.

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