Sir Alex Ferguson at the Manchester derby.

Ole confirms Sir Alex's visit to training ground

Monday 31 December 2018 22:30

Sir Alex Ferguson has visited the Aon Training Complex to pass on words of encouragement and support to caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team.

The legendary former Manchester United boss watched on at Old Trafford, as usual, as the Reds made it three wins out of three during Solskjaer's spell in charge, with a 4-1 victory over Bournemouth at the weekend.

The Scot's influence is obvious on his former striker, who learned so much from playing under the great man during the most successful period in the club's illustrious history.

Sir Alex making his return to his usual seat for the Wolves game back in September.

"Well, [I've spoken with him] in the last week or so but I’ve had him for 15 years so obviously he’s influenced me more in the 15 years before than the last week," explained Solskjaer. "I do keep him informed. He did pay us a visit on Saturday and I think he enjoyed his time at the training ground.

"We had a nice few chats, with the staff, and he encouraged us. He knows the staff I’ve got is Manchester United through and through. He knows that we are going to do whatever we can up to the last second we’re here. We’ll do everything we can for us and have Manchester United do as best as we can."

There is little doubt the Reds are playing the United way at the moment, attacking teams and posing problems from the outset, even if Ole concedes there is room for improvement, particularly in defence as the inability to keep clean sheets is continuing.

"I want Manchester United to look like this while I’m here," said the Norwegian. "Of course, we’ll get tougher tests than this. Newcastle is a different ball game because it’s away. I never enjoyed going up there, although there was one game we did – the 6-2 [win in 2003]. More or less, it’s going to be a tough one and we need to keep a clean sheet. We’ve not done that so far and know there are loads of things to work on. But this is the way we want to see ourselves attacking.

"You don’t always get the results and points you maybe deserve and it’s about performances and playing the right way. As long as you play the right way, if you dominate games, then, more often than not, you’ll get enough points in the end. You can’t control if it goes in off the post or out and things like that."

Solskjaer hooks past Shay Given in the 6-2 win at Newcastle in 2003.

Ole was also asked if he felt he could show he is up to the level required to manage United and gave an eloquent answer about what doing the job means to him and why he is currently enjoying himself so much. Any assessment of his capabilities, he feels, are down to others - including those in the media.

"I don’t know if I’m at home at this level," he replied. "But I’m at home at this club and that’s the thing. I spent 15 years here and that’s just me.

"Seeing all these people when you walk through the corridors here. It’s me. I’m comfortable in the environment. It’s up to you to rate me, if I’m up to the level, but I’m definitely enjoying my time back home."

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