The betting agencies think it'll be Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola. The romantics want Steve Bruce, Roy Keane or Mark Hughes. But today, Sir Alex Ferguson expressed who he thought would be taking over as Manchester United manager when he finally decides to hang up his packet of chewing gum.
Surprisingly enough, SAF didn't pick any of the names above. When asked the question, Sir Alex went for United Legend and current Molde FK manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Ferguson said the following:
I think the problem for a lot of footballers today is that when they get to the end of their careers they decide they want to become coaches because they have nothing else in their mind that they think they can do, whereas Ole always wanted to stay in the game, so from an early age he was preparing stay in the game as a coach or as a manager, as he is at the moment. So he has given himself a better chance than the rest. Ole was always one of the professionals that used to take down all the notes from the training sessions and games.
Ferguson may have held this idea for a while, seeing that he instated the "Baby-Faced Assassin" as a coach when he retired in 2007, before promoting him to manager of the reserve team in the summer of 2008.
In 2011, Solskjaer was handed his first proper managerial role as the boss of another of his former teams, Molde FK. Since returning to Norway, Solskjaer has been a managing sensation, leading Molde to their first ever Tippeligaen title in his first season of management.
But has Solskjaer got what it takes to lead Man United forward? He is undoubtedly one of the most popular faces in United's recent past, no little thanks to him scoring arguably one of the most important goals in the Red Devils' illustrious history in the Champions League final in 1999.
No doubt his return to United would be akin to that of Kenny Dalglish returning to Liverpool.
As SAF has pointed out, Solskjaer spent the latter part of his playing career preparing to become a manager by making notes on training sessions and in games—obviously that time spent on the bench in games was not wasted.
I remember reading an article once where SAF said that Solskjaer was such a great substitute because he would sit on the bench and read the game, picking out the weaknesses of defenders and then he would act on them when he was put on. Putting these skills into practice as a manager could create game-changing moments.
Solskjaer's years of tutelage under SAF could really set him aside from the pack when United finally have to replace the Scotsman, but will the hierarchy at Old Trafford hand him the role?
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