Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits his spell as Manchester United interim boss has gone far better than he ever dreamed – but admits his time in charge has left him with one regret.
Solskjaer has transformed the atmosphere around Old Trafford on the back of 10 wins and one draw in 11 matches, and there is now a huge sense of anticipation about their Champions League clash with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
With the PSG game followed by an FA Cup clash against Chelsea and a Premier League meeting with title challengers Liverpool, Solskjaer can further strengthen his credentials to land the Old Trafford job full-time over the next two weeks.
The impact he has had makes him the favourite already, and the Norwegian admits his caretaker spell has gone better than expected so far.
“Before I came in of course I couldn’t (expect this),” he said. “You always expect to win every game of football when you have players like this and you’re at a club like this but we know we’re not going to win every single game.
“I think the players are still disappointed with the two points lost against Burnley and so am I.
“I’ve loved every single minute of it. We knew we had a big challenge in front of us because we were far behind in the league, confidence was low after the defeat to Liverpool but they have responded fantastically.
“I don’t think we could be in a better frame of mind and we’re looking forward to the next few games.”
There have been suggestions that a win over PSG will earn Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis, but the Norwegian denied such claims when facing the media earlier on Monday.
“Yes, it is too simple (to stay),” Solskjaer said.
“You have so many ways of asking those questions. It is too simple, there are a few months left of this season. There’s still a few more months left of this season, to do whatever I can for the club.
“We’re going to play against some top teams, but our focus now is just in this next task. We don’t look too far ahead because then you lose your focus. We’re looking forward to this.
“Now it’s just a focus on this one. It’s always been like that. It’s been one of the biggest pluses that the players have stayed focused on the next task.”
Solskjaer also discussed their opponents PSG: “It’s been fantastic to see their progress in the last years.
“I played against them for Molde in 95 and the transition has been amazing. [Gigi] Buffon and [Thiago] Silva have been two of the best players in the world. They have [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar.
“We know we’re playing against a team with confidence because they’re used to winning.”
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