Wednesday 20 February 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives his reaction to Jose Mourinho's comments on player power at Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has restored pride to Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has restored pride to Manchester United
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Jose Mourinho to return to the game after the Portuguese was quizzed on the first public comments from his predecessor since his departure as Manchester United manager last month.

Mourinho gave a wide-ranging interview to beIN Sports and defended his record and reputation after a turbulent final few months as United manager, with Solskjaer suggesting he will be back in the game soon.

"Why shouldn't he (return to the game) because he's a fantastic manager and with the results he's had I don't think he'll be struggling for work," said Solskjaer, who was then asked to comment on Mourinho's suggestion that player power undermined him at United.

"I can't really comment on everything he says and I'm enjoying working with these boys and that's all I can say," stated Solskjaer.

United's fortunes have been transformed since Solskajer took over as interim manager, with six successive wins reviving a season that had lost its way under Mourinho's watch.

After last weekend's win against Tottenham at Wembley, a seventh victory for the stand-in United boss against Brighton this weekend will bolster hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League, with Solskjaer revelling in the feel-good factor he has helped to create.

"I have to say I look forward to getting up in the morning to start work again, I always do in football," he continued. "Molde, Cardiff, I love working with people, trying to improve people and here you want to go to bed at night. I'm still in the hotel but I've found a place and won't be too long. I've been driving around a bit and finding my bearings, I've met mates so it's not like I'm on my own.

"We've had six good games but the next one is the most important one. Everyone said about Tottenham being the test, I don't think that's a test in attitude, the players are gonna be up for that game, I'm looking for a reaction in a home game against a team you should dominate and be better than, that's the attitude if we go out there and do it in these games.

"As I've said before you go into very single game as a Manchester United player or manager thinking you'll win the next one, that's just the nature of this club.

"I want players to be confident but not complacent and take their foot off the pedal because that's a big diff for me. Take people on, running, passing forward, getting the crowd with them because that's what it's about."

Solskjaer confirmed once again that he does not expect United to make any signings in this month's transfer window, while he offered a positive update on Alexis Sanchez after this latest injury setback.

"He's champing at the bit in training," added Solskjaer of the club's highest earning player. "He's attitude has been fantastic in training and I'm looking forward to seeing him, I've got loads of good players to choose from.

"A player loves to play football, doesn't matter who you are and he's been hindered by injury. I know how frustrating that can be and how eager you are to get back."

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