Cristiano Ronaldo and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were once teammates at Manchester United but the former is still starring at the top of the game as the Norwegian continues his coaching career
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed a new contract at Manchester United last month that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024, with an option for a further year.
Originally appointed as caretaker boss in December 2018 to succeed Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer has grown into the role and United have gone from strength to strength under his management.
Having inherited a bloated squad who were well adrift of their top four rivals never mind a title challenge, United have continually improved in each season under the Norwegian.
The Red Devils recorded a top three finish in his first full campaign at the helm before securing second spot last time round, while also securing four semi-finals – or better – in cup competitions in two seasons.
While the next step is to get their hands on silverware and challenge both in the Premier League and Champions League, there is little doubt now that Solskjaer is here for the long-term.
Saturday’s opening day 5-1 win over Leeds United continued the momentum built up with the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, with hopes high for a promising season ahead.
Solskjaer had begun his coaching career at Old Trafford as he was at the helm of the club’s Reserves side for two-and-a-half years, where he built up an impressive reputation.
A video clip from 2008 has now emerged where Cristiano Ronaldo discussed the Norwegian’s coaching capabilities, along with Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney.
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Solskjaer was a teammate of the Portuguese superstar for three-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford before he announced his retirement due to an ongoing injury.
He then had gone in to coaching the first-team strikers, before turning his hand to management with the reserve side.
His coaching capability was clear from an early stage, with the trio of United first-team stars at the time lauding his potential.
Ronaldo was the first to respond when asked about the Norwegian and his coaching ability: “He’s very good.
“I look for Ole like a man, not just coach now. He’s a fantastic guy and I have a great relationship with him.”
Ferdinand then added: “I’m sure he’ll go on to become a top coach as well because he has great ideas about the game and he’s working very hard at Carrington.”
Then, Rooney concluded: “I’m sure he will one day become a manager and become a good one.”
Ronaldo had been linked with a sensational return to United earlier this summer, but – with the Juventus forward now aged 36 – a move back to Old Trafford appears increasingly unlikely.
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