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Man Utd boss Solskjaer: How I convinced Woodward about offering job

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lifted the lid on how he convinced vice-chairman Ed Woodward to give him the job fulltime.

It's coming up on a year since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

He recalled: “I have always had a vision of how I want this team to look in 18 months when that season (2021-22) starts," he said.

“We need some transfer windows before then, but I set that plan out for Ed within a couple of weeks when I came here.

“I'm old school. I am not the iPad or powerpoint-presentation type! For me it's a flip chart – write it down and put in the names. Yep, yep, no, no, yes. Players, gaps, holes. With what's happened since, one or two things have changed – but he has known from the start what I think this group needs.

“I'd been watching. I had a clear idea of what a United team should look like. I have been part of a United team and I wanted to go back to our traditions of attacking.

“Quick, attacking football with pace, power, and ­personalities out there. And that is what we are doing. I can see fruits of what we're doing. The seeds we're laying are starting to pop up.

“Obviously we are one or two players down in numbers but it doesn't have to be all done in this (January) window, it might be the summer window. But we are going to strengthen. We are going to get starters into this team. We need to."

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