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Ole: I want to succeed Sir Alex

July 1, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has declared his interest in succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United's manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sir Alex Ferguson
GettyImages / MatthewPetersOle Solskjaer and Sir Alex Ferguson in discussion during training

Solskjaer is best remembered for the 91 goals he scored during his time at the club - including the winner in the 1999 Champions League final - and is a firm favourite with the club's fans.

He told talkSPORT: "I think if you ask any Man United player at any time of his career if you want to manage somewhere you want to manage Man United, because it's the best place to be.

"But to get there, to manage Man United, you need to go somewhere else and learn your trade so 15, 20 years from now maybe. I think if you ask any Man United player at any time of his career if you want to manage somewhere you want to manage Man United."

Solskjaer also took the time to contribute to the club versus country debate, declaring: "Wes Brown and Dimitar Berbatov are among a host of players who have been criticised for prematurely calling time on their international careers this year.

"When you get players who get to a certain age they start thinking about where the priorities should lie and I think that's when your responsibility towards your club is a big thing.

"I think Scholesy, Giggsy they've done fantastic after retiring from international football so we can't complain about that."

Solskjaer retired in 2007 after struggling with injury towards the end of his career.