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Ex-Norway stars thrilled for Man Utd legend Solskjaer over Villa chance

Norwegian football is delighted seeing Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted at Aston Villa.

Talks between Villa and the Manchester United legend have been confirmed.

Solskjaer has received the support of a trio of fellow former Norway internationals in Jan-Aage Fjortoft, Erik Thorstvedt and John Carew.

Former Swindon, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United striker Fjortoft, now a television presenter, said: "Ole has been a great leader for Molde. He always supports his team, and is clear in the demands of his players.

"He won't be Alex Ferguson, he will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but very influenced by the life he has had at Manchester United.

"He has always been a learner, and he will be a great, great manager."

Thorstvedt, who was goalkeeper at Tottenham from 1989 to 1996, appreciates Villa would be taking a gamble on someone with only 18 months behind them as a league manager.

The 49-year-old said: "It's a surprise he is possibly going to be offered such a big job so early.

"But he is very clever, really sensible, and what he says always makes sense.

"He would possibly have thought, 'This is too early for me and I need more experience before I take on a big job like Villa'.

"But if he feels he is ready, then go for it. It's a great chance at a club that was almost relegated this season.

"So maybe the expectations aren't that big and the upside is massive if he can succeed.

"He's played attractive, fluent, passing football in Norway, and it's a Villa side that are a bit jaded, in a need of an energy injection.

"I think he can do that because of his personality and the style of football he wants to play."

Former Villa forward Carew believes Solskjaer is an ideal candidate to lead the midlands club out of the doldrums.

Carew, who spent four years with Villa, scoring 52 goals in 133 appearances, said: "This would be a fantastic job for Ole Gunnar to have.

"He has the mentality and respect from players he needs to succeed, and I think Villa will work really well under his leadership.

"Everything suggests Solskjaer can have a great managerial career in England."

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