Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed on Sunday that the owners of Norwegian clubside Molde sent him to Old Trafford with their blessing.
Solskjaer added that the club’s owners even asked him to try to turn his temporary stint at the English Premier League (EPL) club into a permanent role.
The former Manchester United striker who played under former manager Alex Ferguson, has revitalised the team since taking over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.
He has sparked a seven-game unbeaten run in the EPL.
Manchester United were 11 points off the top four when Solskjaer was appointed, but they have since narrowed that gap to five points ahead of their Sunday trip to Leicester City.
It makes the Norwegian a strong candidate to be given the job permanently.
Solskjaer was loaned to Manchester United by Molde until the end of the season.
But he now says the Norwegian club’s owners, businessmen Kjell Inge Rokke and Bjorn Rune Gjelsten, will support him if he stays behind at Manchester United.
“When I rang (called on phone) the owner and said Manchester United had called and that he always knew that this had been my dream, he said: `Go over, enjoy yourself — and please don’t come back’,” Solskjaer told British media ahead of Sunday’s match at Leicester.
“Both owners wished me all the best because they knew this is something I dreamed about. To get the backing from them was fantastic. If I go back to Molde, I will do my best for them —- but it depends when I go back.”
Solskjaer added that he would be happy to keep advising Manchester United’s hierarchy on matters such as player transfers even if he did not become permanent manager.
He said his knowledge of the club’s culture gave him a useful perspective.
“I am always in the position to tell Manchester United who they should look at, and that will continue after the summer if I’m not still here,” he said. “I will always advise the club, especially if they ask me.”