Solskjaer cited the example of Molde finishing 11th in his first season in charge before winning the Norwegian title the following year as an example of how quickly things can improve. Having won nine of his 10 games in interim charge, Solskjaer has made no secret of his desire to land the manager’s job on a permanent basis and he has already spelt out his vision of how he believes the team will look two years from now.
“I think we’re too far behind this year, obviously, but you’ve got to catch up the other teams ahead of us, especially City, Liverpool but now Tottenham. So it’s three teams who have been far ahead but we’ve beaten Tottenham so we know that we’re capable of that but we need the consistency.
“But two years’ time is long enough, but also short enough, to say that we’ve got the possibility to make a big difference in our preparation, in everything. Next year – you always hope [to win the title], of course. I came in from Molde, they were 11th in 2010, and in 2011 we won the league, so you can never say never.
“We have a vision and picture of how we want to look in a few years and we have to think long-term and also short-term. I’ve got a picture of what this Manchester United team should look in a couple of years but I put my views to Ed and the club.”