“Bring the Mood Back”, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Reveals His Key Assignment at United

Manchester United are expected to break into the top four with victory at Fulham today, and the recent upturn — nine wins from 10 since Solskjaer took charge — has breathed new life into the club.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Fulham match, Solskjaer, who is currently only contracted until the summer, insists he is still not thinking of his long-term future, but indicated the main assignment that he was given when he arrived to replace Jose Mourinho two months ago.

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“It’s not about making a case for me to stay,” Ole said. “Of course Manchester United is the place to be, everyone wants to be here and would love it.

“But my job description was, until the summer, get us playing in a certain way, get the mood back, get results – of course, I love every single minute of it and I’ll take whatever comes when it comes.

“It’s not just about putting smiles on faces, but that is a big part of it. Making sure you come into training looking forward to the next day and enjoy what you’re doing. That’s what we’re trying to do at the moment.

“It’s tough being away from my family, of course, but it’s a challenge every single day here because we play Fulham now, we need three points to get into the top four, then it’s PSG, then Chelsea – it’s just challenge after challenge. It’s fantastic.”

“It felt like a defeat against Burnley,” he said. “Four minutes before full-time we were 2-0 down. That is a great test of character. Do we really have the hunger and urgency to come back? They did, and the supporters did.

“The way the supporters reacted to that… that’s Manchester United. The last-ditch, winning games at the end, winning points at the end, that was fantastic.

“We lost games when I played. We lost at home to Middlesbrough at home in the treble-winning season over the Christmas period. It’s going to happen, it’s just how you bounce back. And this club always bounces back.”

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