Man Utd boss Solskjaer explains why he failed at Cardiff

Joe Williams

Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it “wasn’t the right decision” to join Cardiff City in 2014.

The Norwegian has overseen a dramatic upturn in fortunes following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December, with United winning nine of his 10 matches in charge.

Before taking over at United, Solskjaer had a spell at Cardiff in 2014 in which he lost 12 of his 18 Premier League matches as the Bluebirds were relegated.

Some doubters pointed to that following his appointment as United caretaker but Solskjaer believes he is more suited to managing a club at the top end of the table.

“It wasn’t the right decision, to be fair,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “But you live and you learn.

“This is a completely different club and situation to come into,” he adds. “I know the culture and identity of the club and the playing style. Manchester United, of course, suits me a lot more than a club that struggles towards the bottom of the table.

“I wasn’t ready for that fight. I didn’t say I wasn’t ready for the Premier League. That’s different.

“My belief is to trust players and to trust them to play the right way. To try to dominate teams, to try to win games the right way. To play the way that we do now with Manchester United.

“I should have flipped that mentality into a different one at a team that struggles against relegation if you know what I mean.”