Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has time and again admitted that Sir Alex Ferguson has had a major influence on him, with his footballing philosophy itself largely based on everything he has learned from the legendary Scot.
The Norwegian also hasn’t shied away from adopting several of his former manager’s methods. In fact, an inside source recently told The Sun:
“Ole really wants the players to stick together and doesn’t want them in their hotel rooms playing on their tablets or on social media.
“Mike Phelan is back and he and Sir Alex used to love quiz night and were fiercely competitive. So the lads have heard they need to start brushing up on their general knowledge. It sounds just the job.”
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Further, newly emerging reports have revealed that the interim boss has looked at Sir Alex for inspiration even when things haven’t gone his way, with one such incident occurring during Manchester United‘s FA Cup clash against Reading.
Despite winning the fixture 2-0, the Red Devils failed to perform well, and Ole was quick to make his feelings about the dire display known, as he handed the players his own version the infamous hairdryer treatment during half-time.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been putting lots of smiles back on faces at Manchester United over the past three-and-a-half weeks, but there was a stark reminder last weekend that the interim manager is not there simply to play happy families,” James Ducker wrote for the Daily Telegraph.
“Anyone who was in the dressing room at half-time of United’s FA Cup tie against Reading at Old Trafford last Saturday to watch Solskjær unleash his own version of Sir Alex Ferguson’s infamous ‘hairdryer’ will have learnt very quickly that, beneath the baby-faced veneer and easy charm, lies a strong personality who will not tolerate a drop in standards.
“United were leading 2-0 but Solskjær was unhappy with what he had seen and had no hesitation about letting rip. Screaming directly into the faces of players in true Ferguson style, Solskjær unloaded for a minute or two. Rant over and point made, the focus then switched to calmly discussing how United would tackle the second half.”