‘Now, the hard work starts’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrives at training ahead of Watford clash as he admits he’s living his ‘ultimate dream’ after being appointed Man United boss
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed Manchester United manager on Thursday
- The Norwegian earned a three-year deal following a fine spell as interim boss
- Solskjaer was pictured arriving at United’s training base early on Friday morning
- Striker Marcus Rashford, meanwhile, has been training alone in his garden
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pictured arriving at Carrington early on Friday morning as he begins life as the permanent boss of Manchester United.
The Norwegian was finally handed a three-year-deal on Thursday on the back of an impressive spell as interim manager.
A day later he made his way into United’s training base to finalise preparations for this weekend’s clash with Watford at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pictured arriving at Carrington early on Friday morning
The 46-year-old Norwegian is beginning life as the permanent manager of Manchester United
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku also arrives at Carrington for training on Friday
England international Jesse Lingard drives his Bentley into the club’s training base
Solskjaer addressed the media for the first time as permanent boss on Thursday, admitting at the press conference that he is now living his ‘ultimate dream’.
‘I don’t think proud is the right word,’ he said. ‘I’m happy, I’m honoured, because it’s a fresh start.
‘Now, the hard work starts. Now, it’s the hard work, the enjoyable work, so it’s not the moment to be proud in that respect.
‘You know when people get a new job and they say it’s their dream job and they’ve always dreamed about or played for that club or managed a club. That’s more to me than to anyone.
‘This has been my ultimate dream all the time. Maybe a naive dream, but I’ve always had that dream in my mind to have this responsibility for this huge, fantastic family of a football club.
The United manager waves as he makes his way into the club’s training base on Friday
Solskjaer was handed a three-year contract by United after an impressive spell as interim boss
Midfielder Nemanja Matic waves as he makes his way into training before facing Watford
Juan Mata is pictured arriving at training on Friday ahead of United’s return to action
‘I’m so honoured and privileged to be given this fantastic responsibility to lead us forward.’
United were sixth when Solskjaer took over, lagging behind their rivals following a turgid final few months under Jose Mourinho.
Since then, the Norwegian has revitalised the club and now they sit only two points off the top four.
They resume their push for Champions League football on Saturday following a two-week international break.
Marcus Rashford has been training by himself at home as he looks to rebuild his fitness
The England international pulled out of their recent squad after picking up an ankle injury
Solskjaer won’t have long to prepare his side to face Watford, with many of his stars having been away with their countries since their defeat by Wolves in the FA Cup.
Marcus Rashford returned to the club early after pulling out of England duty with an ankle injury.
The forward, who has shone under Solskjaer, has been working hard to regain his fitness. On Instragram he shared a video which showed him performing various exercises in his garden.
Rashford was seen lunging with a medicine ball and performing resistance work to build up strength in his ankle once more.