Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not resist a sly dig when asked to compare himself to his Premier League rivals.
Solskjaer has much less experience than the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho but has his Manchester United side sitting second in the Premier League table.
Unlike some of his rivals, the Norwegian is often a calm and assured presence on the touchline and in post-game interviews.
And he has claimed some of his counterparts need to be “protected from themselves” and enabled to “calm down” as he insisted he will not change.
Asked if we will see a ‘crazier’ version of Solskjaer on the touchline, the Manchester United manager told Norwegian outlet VG : “I have now been in this game for quite some time, since I moved home to Kristiansund and took Molde in January 2011, ten years ago.
“I do not think I will change that much. I do not think I was so much up and down then either.
“It is a bit important to take one or two steps back, take a breath on the ground if you feel like maybe saying something you regret later.
“There are many who should have been protected from themselves and rather had a little minute to calm down.
“There are some things you can say in affection that are not particularly constructive.”
Asked directly how he would describe himself compared to Klopp, Guardiola and Mourinho, Solskjaer replied: “I am me. I’m not one of them.
“We all have our own ways of leading a club and a team. I have my way of doing it.
“I have never hidden that I am not the one who is out in the field and does all the training.
“I’m more of a manager. I have had good coaches with me and have a fantastic support system around me.
“I have always been dependent on good coaches, and of course patience in the club and that we believe in what we agree on.”
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