OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER was so dejected after flopping at Cardiff that he almost did not bother with the secret Manchester United clause in his contract.
The Old Trafford legend is set to be made the next permanent manager after impressing since taking temporary charge following Jose Mourinho's sacking.
But the Norwegian, 46, was so upset after flopping in the Bluesbirds dugout that he thought he had blown his chance of ever managing United.
And he came close to giving up on the specific clause he inserted into his Cardiff and Molde contracts that said he would be allowed to go if United called.
Speaking to NRK, Ole, who left the Welsh capital in September 2014, said: "Call me naive, call me stupid, call me ambitious, call me whatever you want, but ever since I trained the reserves team the dream was to become the manager of Manchester United.
"I have to be my own man. But it so happens that Manchester United has a way of playing that suits me well.
"After Cardiff I had to be honest and say I didn't think this would happen.
"I had seen it as a potential diving board… do well in the Premier League and then Manchester United.
"But when it went as it did in Cardiff I thought, 'it's over, I'm done'.
"I made sure to have a small, let's call it a clause, in my contracts, that said if Manchester United called, they would have to let me go."
Solskjaer earlier this month confirmed his Molde contract had been terminated.
He had initially been "loaned" to United but is now free to sign full-time.
His short-term United contract ends in June.
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