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Sir Alex Ferguson's Reaction To Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's First Manchester United XI

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Sir Alex Ferguson's Reaction To Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's First Manchester United XI

Sir Alex Ferguson gave his seal of approval to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first XI for his first game in charge of Manchester United.

Following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2018, the club legend returned to club as manager on an interim basis.

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His first game in charge was an away trip to Cardiff City, who Solskjaer had had a short and unsuccessful stint in charge of in the Premier League.

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The Red Devils would win 5-1 in South Wales but Solskjaer has revealed he did have a text conversation with his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

He also took a leaf out of Fergie's book in bringing back official club suits for the squad, restoring part of United's philosophy.

"We came in just before Christmas. I suppose it was like coming in on loan... it wasn't like 'Come in and change the club and put your stamp on it," Solskjaer recalls in a new book titled, 'The First 100 Days: Lessons In Leadership From The Football Bosses', co-written by Dundee United manager Micky Mellon.

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"It was come in; you know the club, you know the expectations, make them smile, play attacking football and give youth a chance'.

"We talked about high expectations, having some fun and even surprising a few people...later that day I remember walking about and hearing people saying: 'Finally, we're talking about being Manchester United again...' that night was the staff do. I went along, have a bit of speech and had a bit of a dance!

"I got a text from the manager (Sir Alex) who said 'Pick your team and sleep well.' I sent him the players I was picking and I just got a message back: 'That'll do the job'

"During our trip to Dubai we made two big changes. The first one was our system for the game against Tottenham... The second big thing was to bring back the suits... those Tottenham players looked at them and thought 'I want to play for Manchester United."

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Solskjaer used to take notes on Ferguson when he was out injured as a player. After he got the United gig, he was said to have refused to park in the manager's car park spot out of respect for the 13-time Premier League winner.

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But having now been in the post for over two years, he's very much doing things in his own way and does not feel he requires assistance.

"I've probably been influenced by Sir Alex by the 15 years I worked with him of course, but we're different personalities," Solskjaer said, as per The Mirror.

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"I manage the way I think is the right way - I don't ask anyone how I should manage. It's probably just in my personality.

"I loved working and playing under the gaffer and I learned a lot from him obviously. But it's been a while since we had a conversation and I've not asked him how I should play this one or that one."

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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