United Hangout: Solskjaer's exclusive update
In a special United Hangout, Ole discusses his contact with the players, their training & the box sets he's streaming...
How are you and your family? I’m good. The family is good. One of the downsides of football is you don’t get too much time with your family and the flipside now is you get loads of time with them. It’s been nice to spend some time with them. You have a very stressful job but what can you do in terms of the job from home? For the actual job, I keep in touch and communicate with the staff and the players. Of course, I’m used to seeing them every day for hours and hours so it’s different. I just keep in touch with them on WhatsApp groups and messages and we plan for whenever we get back and what kind of sessions for when we do start. But it’s such an unknown and we don’t really have an idea and are not 100 per cent about when we start. How do you stay in touch and communicate, like on video calls? That’s the good thing now with technology and we’re lucky in that sense. We can keep in touch and see each other. We can send messages and get a reply quickly and we can do the old-fashioned phone-call sometimes and speak just on the phone. So we keep in touch regularly. In terms of what the players are doing – do they have their personal programmes for their gyms? Yeah, they’ve got individual programmes and they’ve got their own diets, of course, and this period could be used to work on something special, something specific for them and their roles and tasks. I’ve been in the garden, with the kids, working on finishing and the strikers should be working on finishing or their movement. Most of the players have got good facilities and decent gardens so, hopefully, their wives and girlfriends will be able to put some passes and crosses in. So you’ve been practising your finishing in the garden? I’m in the garden, of course, as we’ve had time with the kids now. So I have to keep on top of it, you know. Have you had to do some home schooling? We did that last week when it started and that’s a bit different. Homework is one thing but doing the actual teaching! We managed to get through last week but you never know how long this is going to last. But the kids have been very good. Have you been watching box-sets and Netflix? I think I’m the same as everyone else. There’s some Peaky Blinders and the whole series to go through, with the different episodes and all the old ones like The Sopranos, just classics. I watched The Joker the other night, which was a bit of a wake-up call but, then again, we’re thinking about people now, as well, with mental-health issues, when you’re isolating on your own. I think it’s important we as footballers and we working as role models, have got a difference to make and we can do that just by sending out messages on social model and stuff. Our players have been really good. They’re good lads and I trust them. They’re naturally fit anyway and want to improve. On the training side, you find good people and try to encourage as we’ve all got to adjust. We all know, sometimes, we’re the heroes but, at the moment, we can be the back-up support. The NHS and the Health Service, they are the real heroes now. It’s the same for me in Norway, watching what is happening there. I think we all realise how much [it is important] and I don’t think we should save money on health. Health is a critical thing. Sorry for the political message, it just got me involved there!