UTD Podcast: Ole recalls his appointment
Solskjaer had always dreamed of managing the club and, as he explains on UTD Podcast, he jumped at the chance...
“When I went to Cardiff, I thought there was no chance of United ever again. I went to Cardiff because I thought there was potential for me to do well with them and then impress everyone at Man United, because that has always been my drive. I wanted to come here. But it didn't work out and I went back to Molde. When I signed a new contract there I always said 'if Man United come in, I want it in my contract that I can go on a free'. If they come, if they call... if I am daft, or naive, or stupid enough to still believe that and of course nobody would think that after what I did with Cardiff. I had that written into my contract and that was the only club. “I was trying to get hold of Mick Phelan because I knew I needed Mick with me. He was apparently doing a coaching session at a college up in Burnley and I couldn't get hold of him. From the moment I got the call, I rang him and I rang, and I rang him. I rang the gaffer first by the way and said 'I have been offered this and what do you think?'. He said 'yeah you will be fine'. I knew I needed Mick. In the afternoon I finally got hold him and he said yes. He had about 150 missed calls. The gaffer rang him as well and said 'you need to speak to Ole'. “You remember that number from way back. But it is one of those things that you take as an honour. I remember I was nervous walking in, for the first meeting with the players. They were sat there and waiting, of course. I spoke to Carras the day after the club rang and he told me what they had been doing in training. I just had a good chat with him because Michael is a top, top guy. “Of course. I have always followed Man United since I signed for us and I had my own ideas about how this team should be playing, and who should be here and who shouldn't be here. “I didn't think about making it permanent. The deal was that I would do it until the end of the season and my remit was to get smiles back on faces, play attacking football and get the staff going. Just go in, be yourself and trust yourself. I knew there was talent in this group - it was just about finding it.”