Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged his Manchester United players to “work harder” – and warned them against complacency because they will “never last at this club”.
The former United striker was named the club’s permanent manager on Thursday, having arrived on an interim basis in December to replace Jose Mourinho.
Under the Norwegian, 46, United have lost only once in 13 league games.
“We are looking forward, we have got to work harder,” Solskjaer said.
“I want a Man Utd team to be one of the hardest working, fittest teams and that will bring results.
“Now the players know I am here for longer than expected. Players that get complacent never last at this club.”
Speaking at Old Trafford after signing a three-year contract, he described the position as his “ultimate dream”, and revealed Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the first people he called after his position was made permanent.
“This has been my ultimate dream, maybe a naive dream,” he said. “But I’ve always had that dream in my mind.
“It’s a huge, fantastic family of a football club and I’m so honoured to be given the responsibility.”
Solskjaer spent 11 seasons as a United player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.
When he took charge, United were sixth in the Premier League and 11 points off the top four. They are now just two points behind Arsenal, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.
He became the first United manager to win his first six league games, beating a record held by Sir Matt Busby.
“I’m just going to be myself as I’ve always been. I know the trade of course. I want us to lift trophies but I can’t wait to get to the challenge of improving the squad,” Solskjaer said.
“We have worked with them, for three months and the improvement is there to be seen. We know there is so much more to come from them.
“Every day in training the attitude has been fantastic but we know we’ve a long way to go. It’s going to be a mountain to climb but we’ve climbed a few mountains before.”
United have not won the Premier League since 2013 – Ferguson’s final season in charge – though they finished second behind Manchester City last term under Mourinho.
When Solskjaer returned to the club, United’s points tally was closer to the bottom of the league than the top, but he has since led them to victories at Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea, with a top-four finish now within their grasp.
Solskjaer’s aim is to one day lead United back to the top of the table but he admits it may take some time.
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