Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United will be fittest in league

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Never one to shy away from challenges, he did indeed speak about short-term targets in his presentation as the manager and mentioned how he he'd set the top 4, even the top-3 as a short term target. We are looking forward, we have got to work harder.

That agreement was terminated when the 46-year-old signed a short-term deal to replace Mourinho, and sources have said that United will pay the Eliteserien side around £500k in addition to a £500k payment made to sign him on loan. Maybe a naive dream, but I've always had that dream in my mind to have this responsibility for this huge, fantastic family of a football club.

"We can't wait too many years but we have to take it step by step". It's a fantastically ran club. "I have a great relationship with him, he has a great relationship with the players".

Solskajer said nearly immediately that he wanted the United job on a full-time basis, having played for the English club from 1996-2007 and scored 126 goals in 266 appearances.

There was also a determination for Solskjaer to project a more positive message to the media than Mourinho, with the United hierarchy also wanting the team to quell disquiet among the supporters by displaying more flair. They do not need more change, they say. "I think the defence is actually doing very well, it looks makeshift on paper but it outpunches its weight when you think about it".

A remarkable last-minute comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 was the icing on the cake of an impressive second half of the season and now the club can begin to plan for their future in earnest.

The Norwegian is often serenaded with the "Ole's at the wheel" chant, and the hashtag was trending on Twitter after the news of his permanent appointment.

But he failed to find a buyer for his house, and reportedly rented it out to Van Dijk - meaning Solskjaer has had to stay at the Lowry Hotel in the city centre.

Manchester United have won 10 of their 11 Premier League matches against Watford, losing the other in September 2016. Former United players Ben Foster and Tom Cleverley should be in the travelling squad, while Andre Gray should arrive full of confidence having netted late winners in Watford's pair of March victories against Leicester and Crystal Palace. "That is absolutely essential".

Meanwhile, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was also complimentary to the job Solskjaer has done in the few months he has been back at Old Trafford.