How I will handle egos in Man Utd dressing room – Solskjaer

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New Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that he had learned a number of tricks during his time with former boss Alex Ferguson who was renowned for his man management skills.

The Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho who was sacked earlier this week

Solskjaer said that he is quite capable of handling the egos in the United dressing room.

“My job is to help the players and make them grasp the opportunity now because they all want to be a part of Man Utd and I’m going to be here to help them of course, help the team,” he told the media.

“It’s down to man-management. I had the best manager as a player and as a coach to learn how he dealt with people. It’s about communication.

“Of course, I’ll sit down and speak to the ones who are not playing, what I expect from them. When you’re at Man Utd there are a set of demands and standards we set and one of them to be a team player, and I don’t think anyone has been on the bench more than me!”

Solskjaer has said that Ferguson’s method of managing is one that has followed him into his coaching career

“He’s influenced me with everything, the way he’s dealt with people the way he was manager of the club, how he kept 25 international players happy and hungry wanting to improve but also the staff in and around the place,” he said.

“He’s been my mentor but I didn’t understand early on he’d be my mentor. Towards the last, maybe the injury in 2003, I was making all the notes what he did in certain situations and I’ve already been in touch with him, there’s no one to get better advice from.”

The Norwegian also claimed that he will waste no time settling down having spent over a decade at Old Trafford as a player

“I’ve been here as a player, 11 years, coach three and a half years, the best part of 15 years of my life – it’s a third of my life,” he said. “Nicky Butt was the first lad I met … You’re excited but it feels like home.”


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