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Solskjaer reveals his burning ambition
The view from the manager’s office at Molde FC must be the most magnificent in world football. If he shields his eyes against the low winter sun, the boss can look out from his desk in the Aker stadium across a sparkling fjord to a range of snow-encrusted mountains. To his left, next to the stadium, expensive clapperboard houses fringe the quayside where swanky yachts are moored. If it were 20 degrees warmer here, no one would bother with St Tropez. But the view of the present incumbent has always been more extensive. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s eye has long been drawn 700-odd miles south west, beyond those mountains, to England. And his recent success has only added to his world view. “I wouldn’t say my phone’s been ringing, mainly because no one knows my private number,” he smiles, as he sits down after concluding another training session. “But there have been offers, yes. All the speculation in Norway has been I’ll be going back to England soon. What I’ll say is this: I’m not looking. But if it happens, it happens. If the right offer comes in, then I can’t rule anything out.”
In The Sun, Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has cranked up the pressure on United by insisting Sir Alex’s men must win in south Wales tomorrow to keep pace in the title race. “If you are investing millions and millions into a team then these are games that the big teams need to win,” the Swans boss declared.
Elsewhere, plenty of coverage is attributed to comments made by Phil Jones during an exclusive webchat with ManUtd.com on Thursday. The Reds defender, amongst other things, discussed his pre-match superstitions and the England captaincy.