Manchester Utd to Pay Molde £1m as Goodwill after Appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
After naming ole Gunnar Solskjaer their permanent manager, Manchester United is set to pay Molde sum of one million euros as a goodwill gesture. Molde, in fact, received the first half of the payment upon Solskjaer appointment as caretaker manager. Molde is to receive the second part of the payment in the coming weeks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed a three-year deal worth 21 million euros last week. It is a bargain, considering it would have cost them an upward of 34 million euros signing their long-term target Mauricio Pochettino. Convincing Daniel Levy to part with the manager would have cost even much higher.
Meanwhile, ole Gunnar’s agreement is 8 million euros less than Mourinho’s deal as manager. The Norwegian will be paid only 7 million euros compared to 15 million Mourinho pocketed annually before the sacking.
The right man for the job
Solskjaer seemed the right man for Manchester United after he managed to win back the dressing room and secure back-to-back victories, something Mourinho failed to do.
United’s impression by Solskjaer was however beyond the recent victories in the Premier and Champions League. He seemed the perfect man to reset United’s culture after a stormy reign under Jose Mourinho.
When the club appointed him as interim in December, he was only a short-term solution. Solskjaer ’s showed commitment to preserving the club’s traditions. He focused on mining from the club’s academy and restoring United’s attacking principles something that lacked under Mourinho. The club’s spectacular resurgence is because of the same.
He ticked in everything the club was looking for in a manager. The club’s owners and executive vice chair were impressed by his performance and were forced to end their pursuit for Pochettino.
Solskjaer, who is the fourth Ed Woodward managerial appointment, now has the responsibility of reinstating United’s three-pillar ethos.
The club was looking for a proper Alex Ferguson replacement since left in 2013. The failed reigns of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and now Jose Mourinho failed to tick. Perhaps Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man
Solskjaer’s impression of Sir Alex Ferguson’s management style brought back old memories of the past. The short time he was the interim boss, he managed to instill discipline on players by ordering them to wear club suit on match day. His ardent conversations with United’s powerbrokers also convinced them, he was the right man
Results speak for themselves
Besides his stance on preserving the old United culture and discipline, Solskjaer exceeded expectations and Woodward was left with no option.
When Mourinho was sacked, United were 11 points behind the top four positions. That was in December. The interim manager has since secured 32 points from a possible 39 and United are right back to a champions league contention.
One of the players that have enthralled in the run is Paul Pogba. The 89 million Star was previously sidelined in the last moments under Mourinho’s reign. His relationship with Mourinho’s was a concern for fans as they were constantly seen to be in a war of words.
Solskjaer came in and quickly restored Pogba’s confidence on the pitch. The midfielder is crucial in the team’s recent great performance. He has since been involved in more than half of United goals under Solskjaer. He has netted six on his own and provided an assist to four.
We can push up for the title
In a recent interview, Solskjaer lauded his team’s performance. Solskjaer expressed confidence in his current squad and believes they can push up Liverpool and Manchester City in his first season at United.
“Recent wins improve United’s confidence,” he says “.
Solskjaer believes that togetherness and a work rate attitude, can get united the margin they need to win the games and eventually trophies
Solskjaer says it would be a dream lifting the premier league with United. It may not be an overnight success; hence, he has to take it to systematic.
As for Molde, a friendly fixture with United could be coming their way as another gesture of goodwill. As for now, the club set to hand over a deal to Mike Phelan.
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