Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned down an offer from former club Molde FK to become their next manager and committed his immediate future to Manchester United. The former Reds’ striker, now in charge of United’s reserve team, says that he will stay as long as Sir Alex Ferguson remains in charge at Old Trafford.
“Of course it was tempting,” said the 37-year-old coach of the Molde offer.
“I am a local, I have a sense of belonging at Molde. But I want to be a manager in England.
“I would like to become manager of Manchester United, too.”
Solskjaer is coveted by the Norwegian Tippeligaen outfit, whose manager Uwe Rösler is now out of contract.
Molde has big ambitions though, with investor Kjell Inge Røkke funding the development of a new stadium in the 1990s – dubbed the Røkke Park – and funding new player acquisitions to the tune of NOK 400 million (£43 million).
Controversially Røkke was central to Wimbledon’s move from South London to Milton Keynes.
However, Solskjaer says he will stay at Old Trafford while Ferguson remains in charge, despite recently buying a new house in Norway which intensified speculation.
“As long as the boss stays, I stay,” he added.
“My job at United is dependent on him. Had Ferguson not been manager at United I wouldn’t have been here.
“We have a really good relationship and I enjoy working under him.”