Solskjær Took A Page Out Of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Book At Half-Time Against Reading

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has no hesitation when it comes to borrowing some techniques that former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson used during his time at Old Trafford.

It's already been reported that the 45-year-old Norwegian has brought back one of his famous methods, but the former Red Devils forward once again looked to the 77-year-old Scotsman for inspiration.

When United took on Reading in the FA Cup last week, Solskjær busted out the 'hairdryer treatment' during half-time.

Yes, Ferguson became synonymous for letting his players know how he really felt about their performances and motivating them to do better.

"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.

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Credit: PA

"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."

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Credit: PA

United beat Reading 2-0, with Juan Mata scoring from the spot kick and Romelu Lukaku finding the back of the net before half-time.

Solskjær has won his first five matches as United boss and has even impressed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

The Red Devils will face Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round on 25th January.

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Adnan Riaz

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