Solskjaer has become the first person in the Manchester United dugout to win the award since Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 1999 treble hero has won nine of his first 10 matches in charge in all competitions, with United securing 10 of the 12 Premier League points available last month. That fine form saw him named January’s Barclays manager of the month ahead of Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl and Burnley’s Sean Dyche.
It is the first time that a United manager has won the award since Ferguson in October 2012 – his final season and one that ended with the Premier League crown.
But it’s what the Norwegian did next that fans absolutely loved.
Instead of posing for the award himself, Solskjaer invited all his backroom staff to join him in the picture as he received the trophy.
That went down well with supporters who took to Twitter to praise the gesture. “this just sums up this guy. Having the whole team in the photo to share the achievement,” wrote one.
Including three clapping emojis, another said: “he took the picture with the whole technical team that’s class.” With a love heart face emoji, a fellow user tweeted: “He invited his staff to join the photo.”
“Don’t know if it’s intentional or not, but taking a pic with the coaching staff, Ole showing it’s a team effort and each member is valuable. Not just ‘it’s all about me’,” tweeted a fellow fan.
One brought it back to Mourinho and said: “Would Jose have accepted the award and photo shoot with all his backroom staff?”
Solskjaer is due to return to his job as Molde manager in the summer, but the 1999 treble hero is now bookmakers’ favourite for a job he is understandably keen to stay in.
Nine wins from his first 10 matches in all competitions have helped win over many doubters, providing the Norwegian with a platform on which to build for the future.
“Every day I feel that I do help the club, do put a little bit of my stamp on it, yes,” the caretaker United boss said, having seen Phil Jones sign a new deal until at least 2023 on Friday. But sometimes decisions of players’ futures, they are not down to me either.
“It’s the players. Do they want to stay? Do they want to move on? Do they want something else?
“But we have a vision and a picture of how we want to look in a few years – and, of course, we have to think long term but also short term.
“So, I’ve got a picture of how I think this Man United team will look in a couple of years. “I don’t know if it’s with me, but I always put my views across to Ed and the ones in the club.”