Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits to using Sir Alex Ferguson technique at Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he uses the same technique Sir Alex Ferguson used at Manchester United when revealing which players will be starting the next game.

Solskjaer has been criticised for his use of summer signing Donny van de Beek, who is yet to start a Premier League game since moving to Old Trafford for £40million.

Furthermore, his decision to leave Paul Pogba on the bench against both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea was also questioned.

The United boss has stressed that every member of squad will be vital during the most demanding season in recent history and revealed he takes inspiration from Ferguson when telling his players whether they will play or not.

“Well of course I’ve probably been on the end of that more than anyone about being on the bench! [Smiles],” he told the club’s official website when asked whether his technique is similar to Sir Alex’s.

“Of course the gaffer was fantastic when you sat down for the one-to-one chats with him. I remember many of them.

“Some reasons and excuses I didn’t particularly agree with but he was fantastic at making you feel involved and that’s the part with us too; everyone is going to be important, be it from the first minute, the last minute, this game, the next game.

“We’ve got a week now, well six days, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday with three massive games before the international break and everyone knows that they’ll be called upon.”

United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game against Arsenal and the United boss has revealed the squad’s fitness is improving with every game.

He added: “There was no injuries [from Wednesday] which is of course is a big plus when you think of every game we play and the intensity.

“We’re getting better and better, I feel everyone is seeing now that our fitness and sharpness is more up to speed and we should be ready for the game [against Arsenal].”

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