United Hangout: Ole’s tribute to heroic workers
“Sometimes we are the heroes but, at the moment, the Health Service workers are the real heroes,” says the boss…
"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!" For people with family abroad, like you, this must be particularly testing? "It is. Some of our players have families abroad and some of them were able to go back home to be with them. I don’t know when we are going to get back into football and we’ve got to set dates for when we are going to report but, of course, we’re updated all the time with the government and the authorities. Hopefully, our fans will know they want to come back into football in a good frame of mind but the players need some time back home now." We had so much to play for when football was suspended so is that a same? "I can call it a shame but it’s just life now. We’ve all got to adjust and I think everyone knows what is more important than anything now is people’s lives. When football is part of our life and, when football is back, we know normality has come back. I am sure the fans are eager to come back but they also have a part to play. Let’s make sure we get through this together." Do you have a message for United fans? "I think we all know the situation now. We’re all patient and looking forward to football coming back to the stadiums and on TV but, in the meantime, we’ve all got a real important role to play in staying at home and following the guidelines to help the NHS. If anyone can volunteer and help, that’s fantastic and that’s the way we save lives."