Solskjaer welcomes three-way talks over new Man Utd sporting director

Date published: Monday 1st April 2019 11:11

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is involved in a three-way discussion about the appointment of a sporting director at Manchester United this summer.

Solskjaer last week became United’s permanent manager on a three-year contract following a successful spell as interim boss in recent months after the December sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was understood to be not keen on working with a director of football, but Solskjaer’s position is expected to be supplemented by the creation of the role of sporting director or technical director, with Solskjaer acknowledging that he cannot carry the burden – as managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson did in the past.

Solskjaer, who has vowed to build his team around Paul Pogba, said: “Football has changed and the structure at football clubs have changed. That’s just the way football goes. A manager can’t do as much as he used to do when my gaffer started, for example.

“Me and Ed (Woodward, executive vice-chairman) and Joel (Glazer, co-chairman), we are looking at how can this club be ran as smoothly and as well as possible.

“We’ll see what the club will end up with and I’m happy talking and discussing football with knowledgeable people in the right positions.

“I’m feeling older and older, 46 is a good number. I think the demands of football nowadays means you’ve got to split responsibilities.”

Asked if Champions League qualification would aid their summer transfer plans and chances of finally being considered by punters as a title rival using coral promo code odds, Solskjaer added: “I’ve answered that question quite a few times, Manchester United and our history and traditions and our potential will always be interesting for players but the better you do better results you get and players will like to come.

“Champions League next year would be fantastic When we came in three months ago we were 11 points behind now we’re in that position, we’ve just gotta go into next seven games with same attitude.

“Let’s go for it see how it takes us and now where we got into this position let’s just keep carrying on, don’t change your approach on how to attack games, sometimes you get more of the all, sometimes you ave to defend well.”

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