Solskjaer insists his future at Old Trafford depends on how the players respond to his tactics
Man United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the players will ultimately determine whether he will be handed charge of the club on a permanent basis next season.
The Norwegian has managed to get the best out of the players since he was named as the caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December, guiding the Red Devils to eight wins and a draw from nine games.
The 45-year-old has been instrumental in changing the mentality of the players and has made the team look more like the United of the yesteryears by adopting a more attacking philosophy.
And he believes his fate rests on how the players respond to his tactics and produce the results in the remainder of the season.
“This job is like a wheel spinning round,” he told reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to Leicester City. “I have to make the players perform better.
“If I can get the team playing better, get the players to respond to me, see the results get better and show that the playing style is there, then that will be a big plus for me.
“But this has never been all about me. I’m not here to talk about myself and other so-called big-name managers. What is a ‘big name’?
“For me, it’s about how you work with the players and work with the club. If I had set myself targets in terms of results, I think that would have been the wrong process.
“When I came in, it was about talking to the players about their performances and what we expect from the playing style.
“I knew that if we could get the playing style right, we would get enough points to be in with a shout of the top four towards the end of the season.”