Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, has opened up on his journey as a manager, and what it’s like to manage at a side like Manchester United.
The Norwegian enjoyed a decorated playing career with United, before getting a coaching job with the club’s reserves team.
He later went to coach Molde in Norway, and Cardiff City in England and Molde after that, before taking over from José Mourinho, as manager of United’s senior team.
Speaking recently on the High Performance Podcast, the former forward reflected on his journey, and revealed he has grown as a manager since his early days.
“I’ve changed quite a lot since I started managing, 10 years ago since I started with Molde,” he said.
“I was more direct then and I said it how it is.The millennials need a different way of managing, and sometimes to be spoon fed. You treat them differently but you challenge them.
He added: “First of all, I’ve got to manage for the best for the club. But you tell a player ‘you’ve got a chance to make a career at the biggest club in the world, you can make history and I want to be here to help you, but I can’t do everything for you – you’ve got to step up yourself’.”
Olé inherited a United side that seemed to be in crisis, but since his arrival, there has been a feeling of calm and togetherness at the club, with players like Paul Pogba, now wanting to stay, instead of leave.
The 47 year old has also helped the club to finish in the top 3, despite their initial struggles. It isn’t yet ‘uhuru’, but there is progress, and evidence that his managerial model is effective.