April 1, 2019 / 12:17 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer: Solskjaer ready to work alongside a technical director at Man United

(Reuters) - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to the prospect of working with a full-time technical director at the Old Trafford club, acknowledging the fact that a modern day manager cannot shoulder the burden alone anymore.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Watford - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - March 30, 2019 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates

The Norwegian, who was named United’s permanent manager on a three-year contract last week, said he was in discussions with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and co-chairman Joel Glazer to identify a solution.

“Football has changed and the structure at football clubs have changed,” Solskjaer told reporters at a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“That’s just the way football goes. A manager can’t do as much as he used to do when my gaffer (Alex Ferguson) started, for example.

“Me and Ed and Joel, we’re looking at how can this club be ran as smoothly and as well as possible. We’ll see what the club will end up with and I’m happy talking and discussing football with knowledgeable people in the right positions.”

Solskjaer also played down rumours linking United’s Paul Pogba to Real Madrid after the French midfielder had said during the international break that the Spanish club was a “dream club for every player”.

“One of the issues is that the players are always available for the press,” Solskjaer said. “He answered a general question about how any player would like to play for Real Madrid. He didn’t talk about himself, he’s happy here.”

Victory for United will allow Solskjaer’s side to temporarily move to third in the Premier League standings and the 46-year-old said they had learned their lessons from the 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Wolves earlier this month.

“If we turn up against a good team like they are, not performing at our level we’ll get the result we deserve,” Solskjaer added.

“Last time we didn’t play well enough against them, didn’t have enough tempo... We had the ball for 70 percent of the time but sometimes possession doesn’t mean you’re going to create chances and score goals.”

Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku are fit for the trip to Molineux but Solskjaer told MUTV that Alexis Sanchez, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian will not be in the squad.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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