Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he has taken advice from Sir Alex Ferguson about how best to approach his time as Manchester United’s interim manager.
The Norwegian, who scored 126 goals from 366 appearances in all competitions as a United player between 1996 and 2007, is the man the Red Devils have turned to to try and stem the bleeding after the divisive and controversial Jose Mourinho period came to an end earlier this week.
The 45-year-old has already spoken about how he will try to put a smile back on the players’ faces after a first half of the season in which there has been so much negativity surrounding the Theatre of Dreams.
One man who knows all about how to bring trophies to United is Ferguson, who enjoyed unprecedented success during his 26 years in charge of the club. And, speaking to the media for the first time on Friday morning, Solskjaer confessed that he will lean heavily on his experiences with the 76-year-old Scot during his time in the dug-out.
“He’s influenced me with everything, to be fair,” he said.
“The way he’s dealt with people, the way he was manager of the club. “How he kept 25 international players happy and hungry, wanting to improve, but also the staff in and around the place.”
The Molde coach’s first task is to take his charges to Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon – the side he managed unsuccessfully between January 2014 and September that year.
United are priced at 1.57 to make it a winning start for the Scandinavian while Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds can be backed at 6.00 and the draw at 4.00.