Molde set to win first title since Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer originally left the club

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Molde set to win first title since Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer originally left the club

Molde are on course to win a league title for the first time since 2014 – just one year after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left to join Cardiff City.

The Norwegian had completed a third full trophyless season with Molde in a second spell in charge before replacing Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on a temporary basis last December.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure at Manchester United

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure at Manchester United

A superb run of 14 wins from 19 games saw him appointed on a full-time basis in March.

But since then Solskjaer has managed just five wins in 21 matches, while his former club have been flying without him.

Under Solskjaer’s successor, Erling Moe, Molde are leading second-placed Bodo/Glimt in the Eliteserien, Norway’s top division, by five points with just six games to go.

Solskjaer won back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012 during his first spell with Molde and left to take charge of Cardiff in January 2014.

He was unable to keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League and lasted just eight months in Wales. Molde, meanwhile, won a league title without him.

Solskjaer returned to Molde in October 2015, but only managed to guide his side to sixth and two second-placed finishes before leaving for England and they are doing fine again in his absence.

Reports have claimed Solskjaer fears he will be sacked if United lose to Premier League leaders and arch rivals Liverpool after the international break.

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Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle heaped even more pressure on the 46-year-old with the Red Devils just two points above the relegation zone after eight games.

Despite United’s dire run of form, Solskjaer remains confident his players can turn the club’s fortunes around.

He told talkSPORT: “Of course, everything that happens at Man United, with the size of this club, will be magnified because of the poor results.

“It’s a bad period, we’ve got to be honest enough, this period after we beat Leicester has been a poor one.

“We’ve lost to West Ham, we’ve lost to Newcastle and it’s hard for us to take, but we’ll get through it. That’s the key – the attitude, culture and work-rate of the players.

“This is not a similar situation to what I felt was happening towards the end of last season where we just went flat.

“This is a hard-working group with a desire, we’re just lacking in a few departments at the moment.”

Published at Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:26:42 +0000

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