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Solskjaer reveals United future plans

28th January 2019, 16:12 by Craig Smithson

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts he might not be at Manchester United beyond this season but he is still putting future plans in place.

Parachuted into the Old Trafford dugout after the abrupt exit of Jose Mourinho last month, the 1999 treble hero's work has so far surpassed all expectations.

Friday's FA Cup win at Arsenal took Solskjaer's club-record winning start to an eighth match, with each performance seeing odds shorten on him taking the reins permanently.

The Norwegian has edged ahead of long-standing target Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, with bookmakers, but he will return to his post as Molde boss in the summer as it stands.

Solskjaer's short-term focus is not stopping the caretaker boss thinking of the future, though.

"We have quite a few talents in that youth team that you'd like to see, and you probably will see at some point before next season," he said of United's up-and-coming talents.

"Because that's what it is about now, for me as well, to put the club and to put the team in a good position when at the end of the season, how do we look like, what do we look like next season?

"And Mason (Greenwood), Jimmy Garner, Ethan (Laird), there's quite a few in that reserve team that do well.

"It's just about the right time.

"We've got players now (like) Alexis (Sanchez), Rom (Lukaku), Juan (Mata) who haven't played so much lately.

"They're three players you've got to jump ahead of as well and they are quality. And we're here to get results as well."

When Solskjaer was brought up on the fact he mentioned planning for next season, he said: "Yeah, what Man United are going to look like next season.

"With or without me, it doesn't really matter because I'm here now as part of that, to prepare the team for next season. But, of course, that means doing well now."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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