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Thursday 17 October 2019

Wenger says he has qualities needed for 'dream' United job

PRESSURE MOUNTS: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talks to Paul Pogba during the match against Rochdale. Photo: PA
PRESSURE MOUNTS: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talks to Paul Pogba during the match against Rochdale. Photo: PA

Arsene Wenger has entered the debate over the future of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and appeared to hint the would be interested in replacing him at Old Trafford.

Wenger has been out of the game since his enduring reign as Arsenal manager came to an end in the summer of 2018 and while he has confirmed that he has rejected several offers to return, the prospect of taking over at United would clearly appeal to the Frenchman.

Wenger was embroiled in numerous heated battles with United during his time as Arsenal manager, but these comments suggest he still feels he has a lot to offer as he prepares to toast his 70th birthday next month.

"Manchester United is a dream job for any manager," said Wenger. "At least, any manager with courage and confidence.

"They need, in my opinion, four first-team players, but, around those players, I see a squad that is capable of challenging. They aren't as far away as people think.

"The team have no pattern of play, no pattern of pressing. There is a team there, but it needs to be coached and developed."

When pressed whether he would be interested in taking over at United he added: "Like I said, Manchester United is a dream job. For any coach. I have confidence, I have the courage and you're right, I have ideas."

A troubled start to the season for United continued on Wednesday night as they staggered past Rochdale in the League Cup thanks to a penalty shoot-out, with Solskjaer admitting performances needed to improve as pressure mounts on his own future.

"As you normally are when it gets tight, you're happy when you win, you're through and you learn again about different things," Solskjaer said after a win that set up a clash against Chelsea in the next round. "That's our tradition, to do it the hard way.

"Of course, we just have to take one game at a time but also we've got more than one eye on the future.

"We know we have to change things throughout the club and we are doing that."

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