Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so
Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for next seasons Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so.
The 46-year-old is in interim charge until the summer and is keen to continue beyond that. He is unbeaten in the Premier League going into Saturdays match at home to Southampton.
Asked whether it was strange to do promotional work, Solskjr said: Itll be stranger to see yourself in the video if youre not here but no its not strange doing it. If my kids see a commercial with me in it and Im back home in Norway thatll be strange probably.
Solskjr brushed off whether supporters who may be thinking of buying a season ticket deserve clarity regarding who will be the manager next season. Ive done a video shoot on season tickets so Im pleading for them to get their season tickets, he said. If its me as a supporter or manager I dont know but they should still buy their season tickets because the club is going somewhere.
That journey looks set to be without Antonio Valencia after Solskjr hinted that the right-backs United career would end in the summer after 10 years. The club did not trigger a one-year extension on his contract before Fridays 5pm deadline.
Valencia became club captain last summer but has suffered an injury-blighted campaign, managing only one league start in the past five months. The 33-year-old has made 338 appearances for United since Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Wigan Athletic in June 2009. If United do not trigger the clause they could still offer a fresh deal to Valencia, whose contract expires this summer, but Solskjr suggested it was unlikely.
Hes still not 100% fit, he is still working to get back fit and hes had a fantastic career here at Man United and in England, the interim manager said. He is one of the Premier League winners left in the dressing room but at the moment Im not sure if Man United and Antonio will agree on the next year.
So it depends if he gets back on the pitch as well in the next few months but hes the captain, a great servant to the club.
Solskjr is intent that he and his players should embrace squeaky bum time, as his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson called the closing part of the season, as United enter the final phase in contention for a top-four finish, the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Im not a nervous guy, Solskjr said. I need to relax, I need to enjoy it. I think my players see as well that I do enjoy this. This is the best time of their lives playing here. These are the times Man United players step up, when the going gets tough. You sign up for challenges, you sign up to rise to those challenges when youre at Man United. Weve got Arsenal [on Sunday week] coming up, PSG away coming up, big games. These are the periods and times that make them stay in the history of the club.
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