Solskajer offers helping hand to former team-mate Scholes

Paul Scholes resigned as manager of Oldham Athletic on Thursday after just 31 days in charge.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sympathises with former team-mate Scholes, who resigned just 31 days after being in charge of Oldham Athletic.   -  Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has invited Paul Scholes to come back to Manchester United if he wants any advice after leaving Oldham Athletic.

United midfield great Scholes resigned as manager of fourth tier English league side Oldham on Thursday after just 31 days in charge, having become frustrated by the extent of owner Abdallah Lemsagam's interference.

Solskjaer, a team-mate at Old Trafford between 1996 and 2007, has said the former England midfielder is welcome to drop by at the club's Carrington training ground any time he wants to talk.

“He's probably got his reasons why he left. You would have to ask him about that,” said Solskjaer.

“He's invited here if he wants to come and have a little chat about it.

“I've texted with him, of course. It didn't work out as he wanted. That's just management.”

United suffered its first Premier League defeat under Solskjaer at Arsenal last weekend, and will look to recover when it visits Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku, United's leading scorer, has been struggling with a sore foot this week, but Solskjaer is hopeful the Belgium striker will be fit for the trip to Molineux.

France forward Anthony Martial, who made his comeback from a groin injury as a substitute at Arsenal, is also in contention to start.

“Rom's (Lukaku) had a sore foot this week, it's being assessed, so hopefully he'll get through today (Friday),” said Solskjaer.

“Phil Jones is back (from illness). There have been so many players out.

“Anthony has been training well this week. So we've got a decision to make tomorrow as to who's match fit.”

United is in contention for two trophies as it approaches the final two months of the season, with a Champions League quarterfinal to look forward to in April.

Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson always used to refer to the closing stages of the season as 'squeaky bum time', a colloquialism easily lost in translation, but which essentially meant it was a nervous spell for any team in contention for major trophies.

Ferguson's sides, though, tended to be successful when the pressure was on, and Solskjaer wants the United team of 2019 to be similarly ruthless.

“We've done well. We've given ourselves a great chance to be in the top four, possibly third, we're in the quarterfinals, both in the FA Cup and Champions League.

“We've been on a good run and while it's not 'squeaky bum time' like the gaffer used to say, it tightens up.

“April and May is always the time when at Manchester United, we start narrowing the focus.

“Now it's about winning trophies and making use of the squad.”

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