''It Would Be Very Stupid To Copy Him'' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Talks About Former Manchester United Manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has become the fifth manager to sit in the hot seat since Sir Alex Ferguson retired from the club he brought so much success to, in 2013.
David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho have all come and gone, failing to deliver the glory that was so fundamental to the knighted Scotsman’s 27-year reign at Old Trafford.
Ryan Giggs, like Solskjaer a legend of the club, took the reins after Moyes' dismissal at the back end of the 2013/14 season, but the Norwegian may even have a mightier task on his hands as he tries to help the recover from the Mourinho tenure.
The Red Devils have appointed Solskjaer on an interim basis until the end of the season, with United in the position - many would so unbefitting of a club of such prestige - of 6th in the EPL, having slipped far away from the marching pack of frontrunners.
Manchester United lie an incredible 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool, and like the notorious Moyes season of 13/14, seem set to watch either them, or their other fierce rivals Manchester City lift the title.
Whilst Premier League glory is now far out of reach, it is now up to the player who spent 11 glorious years at The Theatre of Dreams and delivered the continental treble with Sir Alex Ferguson to the red side of Manchester, to try and steer the ship out of the maelstrom.
In a video that has reemerged following the Baby-Faced Assassin’s appointment - available to view below - Solskjaer talks about the influence of his mentor Fergie, which will hopefully hold him in good stead as he takes charge of the biggest club in football.
“He’s inspiring because he’s done it some many times,”
Solskjaer says about his former manager,
“But he comes in every single day, every single day he’s first…”
“To be successful, you’ve got to be on your toes all the time.”
“I’ve seen him make a decision in the moment of time and very seldom the wrong one.”
Solskjaer’s insights about SAF stand in direct contrast to the perception of the Norwegian’s immediate predecessor Jose Mourinho, who was often seen lurking solemnly around Carrington or sulking in the dugout.
“How he delegates how he manages the staff around him how he talks to the players before, during, after the games. How he triggers that success, how he finds players, how he picks them...
“I can’t copy him, it would very stupid to try to copy the manager because you can’t be better than the original anyway but I've taken attributes from him that i think we suit me…
“Loads of it is of course influenced by Sir Alex.”
You can watch Man Utd ‘s new manager talk about the Red Devils’ old manager below.