Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dusted off his tactics board to manage his first match since being fired by Manchester United a year ago, and it was an occasion to remember for the entire family.
After one second-place finish in the Premier League and taking the Old Trafford giants to a European showpiece under his management, the ever-popular Norwegian was fired in December due to poor performance and was subsequently replaced on a permanent basis by Erik ten Hag.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer is said to have rejected down offers to return to the professional dugout. However, he has donned the tracksuit once more at the junior level in his native Norway.
Indeed, the 49-year-old former United manager took charge of his son Elijah’s under-14s squad in Kristiansund, and they defeated Blindheim in their most recent encounter under his guidance. According to Norwegian outlet Tidens Krav through VG, Solskjaer has been training the players two or three times each week while still living in his hometown. When he was fired last December, Solskjaer announced his plans to spend more time with his family.
“I’ll spend some time with my family. It’s been perhaps the most difficult part of the epidemic – with Norway being open and here being closed – my family moved back to Norway and the young one, he loves it over there. We’ve lived apart,” he remarked at the time.
“I’m 100 percent certain to create a football environment… That’s where I’m good at and, at some point, I’ll probably be back [working in football],” Solskjaer added.