Solskjaer vows all players will have a ‘clean slate’

Manchester United’s new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his first interview since being appointed to the role.

The 45-year-old succeeded Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, after the Portuguese manager was deposed just 24 hours earlier.

Solskjaer joined from Molde to take up the position at Old Trafford alongside Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Upon arriving back at the club he used to play for, Solskjaer told MUTV: “It’s great. It feels like coming home. It’s been a few whirlwind days. It’s been very hectic. It’s great to see everyone again.

“It’s six months, I’m going to enjoy the ride. I’m back home. It’s about seeing the players, seeing the staff and of course just being myself.

“I know the club is in the process of finding a new manager and I’m just going to be myself in the meantime.

“With me of course is Kieran and Michael and the rest of the staff. We just want to get the players enjoying football. I’m looking forward to seeing the supporters again.”

During Jose Mourinho’s time at the club, it is well known that rifts were formed between management and certain members of the playing staff.

Midfield star Paul Pogba is even reported to have loudly celebrated the ‘Special One’s’ departure.

As a former player himself for eleven years, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can seemingly sympathise with the club’s main men and insists they will all be allowed to start again under his leadership.

“We have to rotate,” the United legend continued, “Everyone will get a chance. Everyone starts with a clean slate.

“You’ve got to start somewhere. I’ve seen the last few games. You pick a team now and you move on. Everyone will get their chance.”

Manchester United currently sit sixth in the Premier League and are already 19 points behind leaders Liverpool after just 17 games.

The club failed to build on last year’s second place finish, but Solskjaer insists the team should focus solely on expressing themselves, rather than worrying about their opposition.

“We’re in a results business and we want to win games,” he explained.

“That’s my job to help the players. We want to see them play the football that they can do.

“We’ve got a great set-up. The analysts were watching Cardiff this morning. I’ve seen the teams, I watch the Premier League.

“It’s about us though, not the opposition. We want to see the players express themselves.

“Our main focus is us, the opposition comes later.”

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