Name: Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Date of Birth: 26 February 1973
Profession: Football Manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a Norwegian football manager and former footballer who spent most of his playing career at Manchester United. Since his playing days, he has managed United’s reserves, his home town club Molde, Cardiff City, returned to Molde and at present he is the Manchester United manager. His nickname is the “Baby-Faced Assassin” from his playing days, due to his youthful appearance and lethal finishing in the box. As a player, he appeared 366 times for the Red Devils and scored 126 goals. He was also referred to as a “Super-Sub” due to the number of goals he scored after coming off the bench as a substitute player, making his goal record even more impressive.
During his playing days, the aspect of his personality that most impressed his managers was his ability to understand the greater nature of the team. Often, after scoring a goal, you could see he would immediately thank the teammate that set him up with the opportunity. Typically, sportspeople can be selfish in nature and try to take personal the entire credit for finishing a team move. This can make themselves feel more appreciated by fans. Being able to share the credit around shows that Solskjær has a strong personality and can gain self-worth from within, rather than outside influences. In addition to his selflessness, Ole was an extremely hard worker, happy to coach others at a younger age (showing he was unafraid of competition) and he was happy to sit on the bench whenever the manager required, all for the good of the team.
Upon Ole’s announcement as manager of Manchester United, he explained to players that they will need to be able to tolerate sitting on the bench at times during his management because he had to do it so many times as a player and he knows how it feels. Having the mindset to accept not starting every game and then still coming on to affect games shows that he was switched on even when he was not on the pitch. He could analyse the play from afar and calculate where his best opportunities would lie in case he was selected to come on to the pitch. Often, this would prove fruitful for him and it shows that good preparation leads to better chances of success.
At Manchester United, Solskjær is considered a legend for the many successes he shared with the team over his career at the club, under Sir Alex Ferguson. His 1999 Champions League winning and treble securing goal has created a permanent place for him in the history of the club. This moment is a great indicator of the mentality and determination of Ole. He encourages his teams to enjoy themselves and take care of each other both on and off the pitch. This is something that could be seen immediately after he became the Manager of Manchester United.
The style of play he encourages is to attack with purpose and he does not like to see his teams have meaningless possession. However, Ole still lives to have his sides to be defensively organised as it is easier to build appropriately from this. Under his stewardship, everybody must work for the good of the team rather than for individual accolades. By getting everybody to sing off the same hymn sheet and believe in his positive methods, it will only increase his chances of success.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær Mindset – Quotes:
“You will always miss chances, but you can’t do anything about them once they’ve gone. It’s always about the next chance.”
“When you win the title, you have a great few days, and then it’s gone; you’re already looking forward to the next season.”
“I like people. I like to speak to people, engage with people.”
“The only way I know to get out of disappointment is to work hard, keep doing the right things, and don’t make any rash decisions.”
“I work to plan long-term and try to earn results short-term.”
“When people doubt me, I love it.”
“Confidence is not something you store in the fridge and pick out. You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel.”
“It’s about asking, ‘What are your strengths? What do you feel? What can you give to the team?’”
Ole Gunnar Solskjær Mindset – Keys to Success:
- Play to your Strengths – Rather than focusing on the weaknesses of your opposition and how to defeat these, look to play to your own advantages. This has the benefit of detracting attention away from your weaker areas so you can expend all energy in your strongest areas to reap the rewards.
- Embrace the Doubters – Any time you have a goal which may seem difficult or unattainable to others, there is a chance that they will tell you not to follow your wishes. This could be out of envy, because they do not think it is worthwhile or because they think you do not have the ability.
- Balance your Goals – It can be tempting to look at what you would like to achieve and either focus on short-term or long-term accomplishments. To truly accomplish sustained success, you will need to be able to keep an eye on both simultaneously. Whilst this can be difficult, you will often find the short-term goals will often coincide and fall right into what you are aiming for in the future. Small and frequent positive steps lead to great successes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær – Other Interests:
Nature, Computer Games