OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER gets it. Not just the full-time Manchester United gig, but the characteristics needed to work there.
To borrow a line from Winston Churchill, he will give blood, toil, tears and sweat over the next three years.
Solskjaer recognises the prestige of this job, the honour and distinction of being United’s 23rd full-time manager.
The Special One, preening with his trophy record, behaved like he was doing United a favour.
But Solskjaer respects and cherishes the position.
To his credit he quickly moved on from the ABJ era — Anyone But Jose — to win the trust of his players.
The results have been nothing short of spectacular. This is a Zinedine Zidane-style appointment, Solskjaer’s standing increasing the sense of belonging.
United, the club where he won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and, famously, the Champions League in 1999, is home again.
Now he has the keys to the place there is much to sort out. They are 16 points behind noisy neighbours Manchester City and 18 behind leaders Liverpool.
Knocking the Scousers off their perch, as Fergie famously set out to do in 1986, is the target once again.
It is impossible to escape the nostalgia, the whiff of a sentimental appointment after David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho’s joyless reigns.
Solskjaer has given the players freedom, encouraging them to express themselves in a way associated with Fergie’s 13 title-winning teams.
The Norwegian is an attack-minded coach and wants goalscoring options off the bench when he needs to gamble.
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It is a throwback to the Fergie period, with United trying to clone their greatest manager with the appointment of one of his most studious former players.
Solskjaer has done everything asked of him, bringing stability and coaxing impressive results out of these players.
The FA Cup win at Arsenal and the late drama to beat Paris Saint-Germain was intoxicating. It is the United way. For that reason, Solskjaer had to get it.