‘Sol­sk­jaer last on the list of po­ten­tial Man Utd man­agers’

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- Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer would have been “last on the list” of po­ten­tial Manch­ester United man­agers from the club’s 1999 Tre­ble-win­ning squad, claims Dwight Yorke.

The Nor­we­gian pro­vided the fin­ish­ing touch for the Red Devils dur­ing the most mem­o­rable of cam­paigns un­der Sir Alex Fer­gu­son.

It was his late goal which se­cured Cham­pi­ons League suc­cess over Bay­ern Mu­nich in dra­matic cir­cum­stances, with that prize added to Premier League and FA Cup crowns. He was famed for his hard work and self­less at­ti­tude dur­ing a pro­duc­tive play­ing ca­reer, but was not con­sid­ered to be a nat­u­ral fit for coach­ing at the high­est level.

Sol­sk­jaer has, how­ever, re­turned to Old Traf­ford as suc­ces­sor to Jose Mour­inho – hav­ing en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess in his home­land with Molde – and has helped United to re­dis­cover their spark dur­ing a run of five con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries. Yorke told The Sun of the im­pact be­ing made by a for­mer team-mate: “If you had asked me to look around that dress­ing room and pick out some­one who would one day man­age Manch­ester United, Ole would have been last on my list. He was so quiet. “I thought the job he had with the youth and re­serve play­ers at United was him - nice guy, bring­ing along the next gen­er­a­tion. “But what he has done is amaz­ing, you can­not fault it.

“I knew this team was not 19 points worse than Manch­ester City as they were last sea­son, or that much worse than Liver­pool. No chance, not with the qual­ity there is in this squad.”

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