Sir Alex Ferguson was renowned for his infamous ‘hairdryer’ temper – and the Norwegian says he’s ready to lay down the law in similar fashion
he has warned Manchester United’s players he is prepared to given them his own hairdryer treatment.
Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was renowned for his infamous ‘hairdryer’ temper – laying into players with the full force of his anger when they failed to deliver or stepped out of line.
Solskjaer, United boss until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, was dubbed the ‘baby-faced assassin’ during his prolific 11-year goalscoring career with the Reds.
But the 45-year-old warned his soft-looking appearance belies a tough side and he will get angry when he needs to as he left United’s players in no doubt of the standards he expects.
“Maybe I should get the hairdryer out of my pocket,” said Solskjaer.
“I’ve got a hairdryer – when my hair needs lifting I use it on myself – but I’m also not afraid of, if you like, laying down the law.
“You know with your kids, when they disappoint you, you tell them off, you don’t give them some chocolate do you?
“So you treat players similar to how you treat your kids, really, because you want the best for them, you want to guide them, your want to help them.
“But if I get disappointed? Ask Noah, or Karna or Elijah [Solskjaer’s children] or some of the players I had at Molde.
“Once in a while you really have to tell them the standards we’ve got.”
Solskjaer is expected to recall United’s record £89million signing Paul Pogba – benched for the last three Premier League games of Mourinho’s reign – to the starting line-up today against Cardiff.
“I’ve spoken to most of the players, I’ve had some time with the staff, but of course the game is the first big decision to make and pick a team,” said Solskjaer.
“I’m excited. Of course there are loads of ideas in my head. But Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna have been here throughout the year, so they’ve helped with the coaching.
“I haven’t done any coaching yet. They’re helping with the team selection, with who’s fit and who’s not fit.”