Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was set to enjoy a quiet week between two premier league games after a long time before the news about the European Super League broke. Solskjaer revealed he was looking forward to a week before facing a rival. The European Super League turned a quiet week into a dramatic one. It felt like the European Super League project began before it even started.
“That’s football management for you,” Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “All the coaching courses and management courses you go on can’t prepare you for all these scenarios. It seems like a historic period in football. It has brought fans together, coaches, managers. They have all let their voices be heard and we all agree that the outcome is good.”
“Of course, it was difficult. When we met on Wednesday morning, you worried whether the concentration was going to be there. You wondered what kind of session you were going to be able to do.” he added. “But we let them play and compete, and they were fine. It took some time in the warm-up, maybe, to get their heads on training. But since then they have been as good as gold.”
Solskjaer sees man-management as one of his biggest responsibilities as a manager. It has seen Paul Pogba commend him in this department in the past. “I’ve never hidden the fact that I’ve got coaches who are better than me on the pitch. The main chunks of the sessions, that’s Kieran [McKenna], Michael [Carrick], Martyn [Pert], and Fletch [Darren Fletcher]. They do them.” he said about his man-management skills. “But man-management is my passion. I’ve got other skills, of course, but you’ve got to look at what other people can bring to the table that you can’t. For me, to get the best out of every single player, by hook or by crook, by praise or by stick, that’s an art and a science.”