Manchester United interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, feels his chances of becoming the club’s permanent manager depends on the players’ response to his philosophy.
The former United striker has done superbly since replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm, late December. By leading United to eight successive victories in his nine matches in charge, the Norwegian has made the club a top-four contender, landing them within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand.
Players like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial, who were struggling under Mourinho, have looked mighty impressive under Solskjaer, proving pivotal to United’s recent turnaround.
Solskjaer’s record-breaking start has made him a strong contender for the permanent position, but the caretaker boss believes his players will be pivotal in tipping the scales in his favour.
“This job is like a wheel spinning round,” he told reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to Leicester City, as quoted by Goal.
“I have to make the players perform better. If I can get the team playing better, get the players to respond to me, see the results get better and show that the playing style is there, then that will be a big plus for me.”
“But this has never been all about me. I’m not here to talk about myself and other so-called big-name managers. What is a ‘big name’? For me, it’s about how you work with the players and work with the club. If I had set myself targets in terms of results, I think that would have been the wrong process.”
“When I came in, it was about talking to the players about their performances and what we expect from the playing style. I knew that if we could get the playing style right, we would get enough points to be in with a shout of the top four towards the end of the season,” he concluded.