Solskjaer spent hours on Football Manager to teach himself long-term vision

The latest instalment of the iconic Football Manager was released this week, and one of the first people to get playing it was probably Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

That's if his past revelations are anything to go by.

The Manchester United manager is a self-proclaimed huge fan of the computer game and initially used it to relax during his playing days at Old Trafford.

But once he'd hung his boots up and turned his attention to coaching, Solskjaer realised how useful it could be to him.

And it became a key ingredient of his time in charge of Molde in his native Norway.

In fact, he would envision his eventual career path by taking charge of the Red Devils virtually.

And he has credited the game for teaching him the importance of a club's longer-term vision – which he is hoping United chiefs will be thinking about currently.

Solskjaer spent six years with Molde over two spells which were separated by his first brief reign in the Premier League at Cardiff.

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He opened up about his love of Football Manager in a 2016 interview during his second spell.

Speaking to Dagbladet, Solskjaer 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."

Whether any of his United players share his passion for the game is a mystery, but stars like Antoinne Griezmann have also shown an affection in the past.

FM 22 racked up 600,000 players in its first day after release, so chances are there's at least one Red Devil glued to their screen this international break.

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