Solskjaer: When you’re a footballer you should be proper boring


Thousands screaming your name, millions of followers on social media, your posters on children's walls, women fighting over you, that's how many consider the life of an elite footballer to be. And for most cases, it is. But Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes players need to be really boring.

The Red Devils are a team that often seemed like it was compromised by players focusing too much on their image. It's believed that was one of the biggest breaking points between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.

Now, Solskjaer has urged the young players at Old Trafford like Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams, and James Garner to accept a more mundane life.

"Sometimes it’s a boring life being a footballer. Sometimes you’re a footballer, so you can experience so many different things but it should be quite the contrary - when you’re a footballer you should be proper boring. You go to bed, you rest, you recover and you get ready for the next game. You can do all the other stuff after your career. That’s the culture we need to get to," said Solskjaer.

The Norweigan manager believes the sacrifice of doing more mundane stuff pays off and did so for his former teammates and him at United.

"We’re a big club, we’re doing commercial stuff, but in between games, from when you start in July to when you end in the middle of May or whenever, football should be your only thought. Then you have a summer holiday to do the other stuff. That’s the way I was – I was boring. Loads of my teammates were boring but that’s why we became successful."

Solskjaer believes that without sacrifice, there's no long-term success at the elite level United aims to get back to.

"If you just want to pass through this club, if you don’t sacrifice, you’re just passing through. Maybe you stay here for a couple of years and that’s it. But the most successful ones have made sacrifices and have stayed for long. That’s why Michael Carrick, me, and Mick Phelan are here on the staff now. I was boring, I made the most of my career."


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