‘Too simple’ to say two wins will secure job, says Solskjaer
Interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it is “too simple” to suggest he will get the job on a permanent basis with wins over Paris St-Germain and Liverpool.
United host PSG in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday and Liverpool in the Premier League on 24 February.
The Norwegian has won 10 out of 11 games since taking charge in December.
“There are still a few months left of this season to do whatever I can for the club,” said Solskjaer.
Asked by reporters if wins over PSG and Liverpool – either side of an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Chelsea – would get him the job full-time, he added: “You have so many ways [of asking that question].
“You need to change the script. That is too simple.”
United were sixth in the Premier League, 11 points outside the top four, when Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho on 19 December. Since then the club have won nine out of 10 Premier League matches to climb into fourth place.
They have also beaten Reading and Arsenal in the FA Cup to set up the tie at Stamford Bridge on 18 February.
“I have loved every single minute of it ever since I walked in and met the players,” the 45-year-old added.
“Going into this game [with PSG] I don’t think we could be in a better frame of mind with confidence and form so we are really looking forward to the next few games coming up.”
Solskjaer was appointed interim boss two days after seeing United paired with PSG in December’s Champions League draw – which he watched on TV with his son.
He said: “I was watching it with Noah and we said, ‘Wow, that is a tough challenge’. But we have given ourselves the best possible opportunity in the way we have gone into this game because we are confident.
“I have found out what kind of team we have, we are looking like a team, we are agreeing on how we should approach games.
“So if there is any time to go into big games like this, it is now.”