Solskjaer Talks About Sir Alex’s Influence On His Footballing Philosophy

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already entered into the midst of things head-first at Manchester United.

From taking his first training session on Thursday morning and speaking to the club’s official website later on, to delivering his first press conference as the gaffer on Friday, it has surely been a hectic few days for the Norwegian.

And with his side all set to take on Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday, everyone associated with the club is eager to witness how the players fare under the new manager’s philosophy.

In fact, during the conference, Solskjaer was asked about his tactics, and how much of an influence his former boss, the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, has had in the shaping of his managerial mentality.

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Ole chose to provide an explanation by referencing SAF’s final game in-charge of the Red Devils, as he stated (via Express): “The last game he had as a manager, 5-5 [against West Brom], that was almost the perfect end for him as a manager.

“I want the players to be similar, be the kids that love to play football and go out in front of the best fans in the world.”

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The 45-year-old further added: “Sir Alex influenced me with everything, to be fair, the way he’s dealt with people, the way he was manager of the club. He kept 25 international players happy and hungry wanting to improve, but also the staff in and around the place.

“He’s been my mentor, but I didn’t understand early on he’d be my mentor. Towards the end, maybe the injury in 2003, I was making all the notes about what he did in certain situations and I’ve already been in touch with him – there’s no one to get better advice from.

“I’ve been here as a player, 11 years as a player, a coach for three-and-a-half years, nearly 15 years of my life. It’s a third of my life. I’m getting old, but that’s life.”