Sir Alex Ferguson explains how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prepared for management
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was always taking notes in training and also praised the current Manchester United manager’s communication skills.
The Norwegian is the Red Devils’ fourth permanent manager since the Scot retired in 2013.
United have been unable to achieve consistent success since Ferguson’s exit but the consensus is that Solskjaer has them heading it the right direction.
Ferguson believes the 48-year-old was always destined for the dugout having managed him for almost a decade.
Solskjaer has been keen to honour the club’s traditions by playing a certain brand of football and making use of the academy.
A host of young players have broken into the first team which has particularly pleased the former United manager.
“I think Ole was always very communicative,” Ferguson told the BBC.
“Even when he was on the bench – and he spent a lot of time on the bench!
“He would take notes of training sessions and he had a will and way forward that he wanted to be a manager.
“For a club like Manchester United, it’s a results industry. Without question. If you don’t get results, questions are going to be asked.
“He is getting results and has really done very well and, which is really important for this club, is to introduce young people.
“He has given young players a chance. I think that will always be the foundation of Manchester United.
“From Matt Busby, from Alex Ferguson to what Ole is doing – the young guys, if they’re good enough, play them. It’s never a problem at this club.”
Mason Greenwood has been the biggest success story of Solskjaer’s tenure so far.
The forward has rediscovered his scoring touch in recent months as United eye a second-place finish – which would equal their best showing since Ferguson’s retirement.