Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to coaching with surprise role following Man Utd sack

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Former Manchester United player and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly back in a coaching role, 10 months after leaving the Old Trafford dugout.

Solskjaer was the club’s caretaker manager from December 2018 to March 2019, when he got the job on a permanent basis. The former striker helped Manchester United finish third in the Premier League during his first full season in charge, in 2019-20.

The following year he took them to second, though they were still 12 points behind rivals and eventual winners Manchester City.

Solskjaer was sacked in November 2021 amid a poor run of form for Manchester United. They had won just one of their previous seven league matches.

A dire 4-1 loss to Watford ended Solskjaer’s reign. A club statement at the time read: ‘Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as manager.

‘Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.’

The Norwegian then appeared in an emotional interview with club media, during which he said he would take a break from management and spend some time with his family.

Solskjaer is now back in coaching, though in a far different role. According to the Daily Mirror, who cite reports in Norway, he is taking charge of his son’s U14s team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer victorious during first game in charge

It is not an official role, but Solskjaer is training the teenagers two to three times a week. He is reportedly helping to create a ‘fun environment’ for them.

And the team, who are called Kristiansunds, beat Blindheim during their first game with Solskjaer on the touchline.

The 49-year-old has tried to keep out of the spotlight since his United departure. He has spent time with his family, like he said, and has been gathering his thoughts about his next potential move.

It will be interesting to see where Solskjaer ends up. United ultimately proved to be a bigger stage than Solskjaer could cope with, despite his successful time there as a player.

The coach previously worked at Cardiff City and Molde in his native Norway. Perhaps a similar kind of move would do him good, as it would help him to get his career back on track but away from the limelight.

Man Utd put their faith in Ten Hag 

United have had a turbulent time since Solskjaer’s exit. Michael Carrick initially came in as a short-term replacement, before Ralf Rangnick arrived as interim boss.

Rangnick was due to spend the next two years as a consultant with the club. But after speaking openly about how many changes needed to be made, this decision was reversed.

Erik ten Hag is now in the hot seat. He is looking to take United back to their former glory, or some of it at least.

He had a tough start as the Red Devils lost to Brighton and then Brentford. But they have got their league campaign back on track with four successive wins.

United were less impressive in the recent Champions League defeat to Real Sociedad. They didn’t deserve to lose though and were incredibly unlucky to see Sociedad given a penalty for a harsh handball.

Meanwhile, Daniel Bachmann has opened up on what it was like to be targeted by Manchester United this summer.