Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why end of season struggles were a GOOD thing


Solskjaer managed just two wins in 10 games after being appointed permanent boss in March having won 14 of 19 as interim before that.

United will not play in next season’s Champions League as a result and Solskjaer is planning a huge rebuild of his beleaguered squad in the summer.

However, he is planning to use their poor form to inspire his side to better things and promised fans they will learn from their mistakes.

“I’ve only been here five months but you get more energy off working and sometimes, sadly but it’s true, you get more energy when it goes against you,” he told MUTV.

“You get more energy because you’re determined to come back a better team and a better coach, to help the players improve and be even better.

“Yeah it’s nice, winning, don’t get me wrong. But when you get a season like we’ve had, I think everyone wants to show what we can do, because they’re proud players and we’re proud coaches.

”You can’t forget [about last season]. You have to learn from your mistakes as well. We want to learn more from what we did right.“

Solskjaer was speaking after it was announced United will play Kristiansund in a pre-season friendly in his native Norway on Tuesday, July 30.

He revealed that their pre-season schedule is shaping up and says the players will be raring to go once the games get underway.

“Of course, we’re going to sit down and go through all the plans with the physical coaches and with the coaches and we’ll be ready when 1 July comes. There are not going to be any excuses,” he added.

“You know, you never get a break from football.

“You [always] think about it. Even if I’m back home now in Norway, I’m watching games and analysing games from towards the end of the season. What went wrong and what went well.

”That’s just me. It gives me energy, working with football and thinking how to improve players and the team and how we should get ready.

“It’s just a lifestyle and what we do. I do get a break from the other stuff, though. Being here [at home], my shoulders just drop down [and relax].

“I don’t want to switch off completely. I can switch off the phone once in a while, but you don’t switch off the brain.

“Maybe there will be a day or two without thinking about it but, of course, we’ve got a big job preparing for next season with player logistics and training logistics.”


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