Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to touchline for first time since Man United sacking

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a return to management on Tuesday night in his native Norway – almost a year after his Man United departure.

Back in 2018, the Red Devils legend took over the managerial reigns at Old Trafford, and instantly injected a much-needed sense of positivity.

The chants of ‘Ole’s at the Wheel’ echoed around the Theatre of Dreams, and gave fans a sense of hope in what had been a bleak chapter. But despite his bright beginnings, his grasp over the squad slowly started to weaken.

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The players struggled to perform, and the manager’s lack of experience at the top level of English football began to show. And consequently, following a 4-1 defeat to Watford, the board held an emergency meeting. This ended up resulting in the Champions League winner losing his role.

However, he remains respected around the world, and has received no shortage of job offers. Earlier this year, the Daily Mirror linked him to the Burnley role, which eventually went to Vincent Kompany. He has also rejected several other roles.

However, following a year-long wait, the 49-year-old has made his comeback to management – but it wasn’t quite Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the dugout

As per The Manchester Evening News, the former striker guided his son Elijah’s under 14’s team, Kristiansund, to a victory over Blindheim. Tidens Krav claim that the footballing great has been putting the players through their paces two or three times a week.

After his sacking from United, the footballing icon insisted that he would make more time for those he loved.

He said: “I’ll spend some time with my family. It’s probably been the most difficult part during the pandemic. With Norway being open and here being closed – my family moved back to Norway. And the young one, he loves it back there. We’ve lived apart.”

Whether Solskjaer does return to professional management in the near future remains to be seen. Right now, though, he appears to be happy enough living in his homeland.

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