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Solskjaer promises outcast Manchester United stars a new beginning



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised World Cup winner Paul Pogba and the rest of his team-mates they will get a chance to prove their worth to Manchester United once again as he starts afresh at Old Trafford.

The 45-year-old Norwegian took training for the first time yesterday after replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm until the end of the season, and will hand the players he has inherited from the Portuguese a clean slate.

Pogba, an £89.3m signing from Juventus, started only one of Mourinho's last four games in charge and has looked a shadow of the player who played such a key role in France's World Cup triumph in Russia last summer. Now he will be one of those hoping to show he can rediscover his best form.

Solskjaer said: "Everyone in the squad knows that 'I've got a chance now' because whatever has gone before, whatever has happened, has happened.

"Everyone starts with a clean slate and we want players to perform, and we'll give them the chance.

"We have got 23, 24 players, they're all quality and they'll all get a chance now. With the amount of games coming up, they have got a chance to show that they are Manchester United players."

Solskjaer will send out his team for the first time tomorrow against Cardiff - where he endured a difficult nine months as manager in 2014 - the first of four games in 12 days over the holiday period.


Belfast Telegraph