Former Man Utd boss ‘not ready’ for managerial return as he rejects job

The 50-year-old remains without a club as he carefully weighs up his options
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Former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly rejected the chance to manage the Norway women’s team. He has been out of the game since he was sacked by the Red Devils back in November 2021.

The ex-striker has been linked with various jobs over the course of the past two years but hasn’t found the right club yet. He is patiently waiting for the right opportunity to arise.

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United dismissed him after a poor run of form and subsequently turned to Ralf Rangnick as his replacement on an interim basis. They then appointed Erik ten Hag as their permanent manager last year and the Dutchman guided them into the Champions League in his first season in charge.

Solskjaer has told Norwegian outlet NRK. “Yes, I have spoken to the association about the job as national coach, of course I have. They have asked. But I’m not ready for that yet.”

He joined United as a player back in 1996 having previously been on the books at Clausenengen and Molde and went on to score 126 goals in 366 games in all competitions after moving to England. He helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s side win the Premier League title on six occasions, the FA Cup twice and the Champions League during his time at the club.

Solskjaer hung up his boots in 2007 and started his coaching career in the youth set-up of the Red Devils before going on to have spells as the number one at Molde and Cardiff City. The latter were relegated to the Championship during his time in Wales.

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United turned to him in 2018 on an interim basis before he landed the full-time role and he went on to win 54.2% of matches in charge. His side reached the Europa League final during his tenure but were beaten in the final by Villarreal.

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