Former Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that the Premier League side could win the league title in the 2022-2023 season.
The 48-year-old Norwegian tactician was sacked during the weekend, after recording 5 defeats in his last 7 Premier League games in charge of United.
After his dismissal, Solskjaer granted a farewell interview to Manchester United’s official website in which he said the two times he left Norwegian club, Molde, the club won the domestic league.
Recall that when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stopped coaching Manchester United reserved team in 2011, he was made the coach of Molde that same year.
He left the club in 2014 to coach Cardiff City. Fortunately for the Norwegian club, the club won Eliteserien at the end of the 2014 domestic campaign.
Solskjaer returned to Molde in 2015 and stayed there until 2018 before Manchester United came for his signature. In 2019, Molde won the league cup again in his absence.
Hence, the Norwegian tactician who spent over three years coaching Manchester United without winning a title believes that United could become as fortunate as Molde in his absence.
“I want him to be successful,” Solskjaer said of his successor. “Hopefully I’ve laid the foundations for that to happen because I know I’m good at what I do.
“I’m 100 percent sure to create a football environment, that’s where I’m good at, and at some point, I’ll probably be back [working in football].
“I don’t want to pre-empt anything but the two times I’ve left Molde, they’ve won the league the year after, so all the best to whoever takes over – that’s the expectations.
“I know the foundation is there, I know they’re ready to kick on and I’m sure they will.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to take the next step
Since legendary Manchester United coach, Sir Alex Ferguson retired as the coach of the club, Manchester United have appointed four coaches including Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Funny enough, the first three coaches the club appointed – David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho were more experienced than Solskjaer but the Norwegian coach stayed longer on the job than them.
Despite how long the club’s board allowed him to stay on the job, Solskjaer could not win any major title for the club. He only took the club to three different semi-finals in the 2019-2020 season and the Europa League final in the 2020-2021 season.
United’s board tried to keep him on the job in the 2021-2022 season despite the call for his sack. However, the rate at which the club was losing games especially in the Premier League forced the board to let him go during the weekend.
Before he was sacked, his team has drifted down to the 7th spot on the league table, 12 points away from first-placed Chelsea. From all indications, it was clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would not be able to lead Manchester United to a second-place finish, the feat he recorded with the club last season.
Solskjaer said: “I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies, but unfortunately I couldn’t get the results we needed and it’s time for me to step aside,” he said.
“Second place last season ahead of arguably one of the best teams in Europe (Liverpool), I think that’s a great achievement as well.
“And we were so close in Europe. Sometimes that’s the fine margin for you, one penalty.”
Our farewell interview with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ❤#MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 21, 2021
In the absence of the Norwegian tactician, his former assistant coach at the club, Michael Carrick will be in charge of the club until Manchester United can get a permanent coach.