Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that the most rewarding part of coaching is helping players to improve.
Solskjaer started his first forays into management with the Manchester United youth teams back in 2008, before taking over at his former club Molde in 2010. Despite Molde having previously never won the Norwegian league title in their 100 year history, Solksjaer made himself an instant hero by winning the league in each of his first two seasons in charge at the Aker Stadium.
His achievements in his homeland earned him a move to Cardiff City, although he was unable to keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League, and he swiftly returned to Molde where he would win the Norwegian Cup.
Solskjaer made a surprise return to English football in December, where he was given the job of replacing Jose Mourinho at Manchester United after the Portuguese had guided the club on their worst start to a season in almost three decades. However, the caretaker-boss has done a remarkable job of restoring his former side’s fortunes, where he is still unbeaten after 10 games in charge, winning nine.
He has been credited with improving virtually every single player in the United squad, with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford being the big beneficiaries of Solskjaer’s management, and the 45-year-old has revealed that he loves helping players improve.
“Whether it is back home with my daughter’s team or it’s this, I just love working with footballers who want to improve,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“I love speaking to them and giving them my help and my thoughts. That’s what coaching is about. It’s about improving players. It’s not about anything but that really.”
In the 10 games since Solskjaer took over, Paul Pogba has been involved in 11 Manchester United goals (six goals, five assists), having only been involved in nine goals in 20 appearances under Jose Mourinho this season, while Marcus Rashford is thriving in a central strikers role.