Fans gobsmacked Solskjaer’s dedication to Football Manager isn’t ‘sick joke’

Football fans are in disbelief at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's use of computer game Football Manager to hone his coaching skills.

The game, which simulates the real life experience of being in charge of a team, has a very loyal fanbase which dedicate hours to the new instalment every year.

And the Manchester United boss used to be one of them.

Solskjaer previously revealed, when he was still in charge of former club Molde, that it was a valuable tool for him in his coaching career.

This has shocked fans, including some United supporters who's side have endured a tough spell of late under the Norwegian's guidance.

One Red Devil loyalist tweeted: "Is this some kind of sick joke?!"

"This has to be a joke," another repeated.

One person joked: "Did he think you could replay matches until you won in real life too?"

"Where can I apply for the Man United job then???," was the question raised by another. "I have an outstanding CV if that’s the case."

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Solskjaer went into great detail about his love of Football Manager when managing in his native Norway.

Speaking to Dagbladet, he said: "It's a fantastic game, I have learned a lot about football. I have learned a lot about players, especially young talent.

"It resembles real life, when it comes to who will be good players. They have done incredible research.

"I remember thinking the same then, that I do as a manager, you want to give young guns the chance, see them develop.

"You could push a few buttons and get extra millions to buy a player. I never enjoyed that. I would rather win in spite of, than because of.

"Many of my players play FIFA and Football Manager. I think it helps them to understand football better."

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