Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s flying start to his role as Manchester United caretaker manager has been rewarded with the Premier League Manager of the Month award for January 2019.
The accolade follows what was a month of great success for the Reds. Speaking in an interview after receiving the trophy, and in his press conference on Friday morning, Ole was full of praise for the backroom staff that he has around him at the Aon Training Complex.
“Honestly, I’m a little bit against individual team awards for a team sport,” he said, “but it means we’ve been the team of the month, so this is both for the staff and the players.
”We complement each other really well,“ he added. ”The hours and hours that Kieran and Michael spend on planning the sessions, doing the sessions, working with individuals. We’re a good group. We bounce off each other. Opinions are being thrown about in that office and in the end I’m the “lucky one” that has to make a decision on who to leave out or to play.
“We want to be winning games. We want to move up the table and this is the start of it.”
The Norwegian took charge of the Reds for the first time on 22 December and has since led his squad on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions including eight consecutive victories. Ole becomes the first United manager in seven years to clinch the award; the last time the club won it, Sir Alex Ferguson was the recipient back in November 2012.
Solskjaer will also join his current colleague Mike Phelan as part of a select group of caretaker managers who have won the award. Phelan did it with Hull City, when he filled the void after his former Reds team-mate Steve Bruce left the Tigers’ helm.