Ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjær took over Manchester United in a managerial role he’s provided the footballing world with many quotes, ranging from inspirational to brutal indirects. utdreport takes a look at some of his best…
Mountains are there to be climbed
United had just come out the first leg of a Champions League last 16 with a two goal deficit against PSG. We looked all but out but the Norwegian saw the hope many couldn’t. The second leg in Paris, Manchester United became the first team to overcome a 2-0 or greater home first-leg deficit in Champions League/European Cup history.
I’d rather have a hole in the squad than an a**ehole
There’s no confirmation as to who the manager was indirecting here, but it’s widely believed to be at Alexis Sánchez or Romelu Lukaku – or both. Solskjær was widely criticised for not signing an attacker after the pair joined Inter Milan in the summer, and opted to put his faith in Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood until January, where the club signed Odion Ighalo on loan.
We’re not playing basketball
Manchester United had just drawn 1-1 to Liverpool at Old Trafford, but as with an abundance of Premier League games this season, there was VAR controversy. Jürgen Klopp claimed Divock Origi was clipped by Victor Lindelöf in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s opener, but Solskjær wasn’t entertaining the claims in his post-match press conference.
It took many years before I played a Manchester derby
Solskjær is largely a humble man and tends to avoid any battles through the media, but it’s clear he loves a dig every now and then. Manchester City only reached the top tier of English football in the year 2000, four years into Ole’s time at Manchester United. The United manager just couldn’t help but take a shot at our rivals’ lack of history.
PSG have the best attacking trio in Europe, behind Manchester United’s
Confidence has been a massive factor for the players since being managed by Solskjær, and comments like these are the epitome of ‘confidence boosters’.
You need to knock the house down
Solskjær has been very vocal about his intentions to undo the wrongs of previous years at Manchester United, and that means tearing down everything to rebuild from the very bottom. There’s a long way to go, but the long-awaited rebuild is on the right track.
Manchester United recorded victories against José Mourinho’s Tottenham and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City all in the same week back in December 2019. He was swift to correct a journalist when they claimed it was in the space of five days, rather than three. Even his biggest doubters have to give him the credit where it’s due.