Solskjaer downplays SAF influence

Posted: 22 January 2019 Time: 13:00

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has denied claims that club legend Sir Alex Ferguson has pulled the strings since his arrival at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer, 45, has emerged as a leading candidate to become the club's next permanent manager after an impressive start to life in his caretaker role.

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Since replacing Jose Mourinho back in December, the former striker who spent 11 years as a player under Ferguson at Old Trafford, has led United to seven straight victories in all competitions in his first seven games.

This feat has never been achieved in the club's illustrious history but there have been media reports of the former manager Ferguson, who spent 26-years at the helm, has been a key figure in the background after Solskjaer revealed he invited the Scot to their Carrington training ground.

But Solskjaer has vehemently denied the claims suggesting his former boss has been influential in restoring the club's pride after the tumultuous Mourinho tenure.

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"We don't speak weekly," said Solskjaer, as per Sky Sports. "I haven't spoken to him many times.

"He has been in to visit us just once - he has been to see [former player, Giuseppe] Rossi once.

"The influence is more my 15 years under him. He is 77, it is not fair to him either is it?"

With United's six straight wins in the league, they now sit in sixth, just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the final UEFA Champions League qualification spot.

And Solskjaer added that he is seeking to maintain the upward trajectory; "Part of the history of the club is that you get setbacks.

"It was not just glory days with Sir Alex either. That is just the way we are, that we bounce back and hopefully we move up the table. That is key to us now.

"The past three managers have passed on so much knowledge that the players know they will have it in the locker because every day is an experience."

Article by: Staff Reporter

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