Phil Neville with the classic 1999 United shirt.

Ole's aiming for the moon!

Phil Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is heeding some advice from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as he looks to write an exciting new chapter in the club's history.

Neville, who played alongside Solskjaer at the club just over 200 times, has been thrilled with Ole's impact since taking caretaker charge in December, and will clearly be supporting the decision made official on Thursday to appoint the Norwegian on a permanent basis.

Speaking recently at Hotel Football, to help promote the upcoming Treble Reunion at Old Trafford on 26 May, the ex-Reds defender insists his pal's determination to strive for the very best, with no limitations, is at the root of his success as a manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Phil Neville.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer twists past Phil Neville in training.

When asked if he felt Ole always had the personality and character required in order to become a manager, Neville replied: “Absolutely. I mean on bus rides and journeys to away games and hotels, he was always playing the computer game Football Manager, that’s been widely spoken about.

”I was sat next to him a lot on the bench and he was a student. He understood football. He used to come on in games and get the pace of it straight away. He did that because he had great football intelligence. There’s the baby face and, yes, he’s a fantastic person but there is also a steeliness about him as well.

“I think I just love what he has done so far and what he has brought. It feels like I’m watching Manchester United – a club and a team that is enjoying itself, going for it and playing with the DNA of our football club. I think his press conferences every week are fantastic. He inspires and is carrying and inspiring a set of supporters who need inspiring.

”Sir Alex used to say to us: 'Aim for the moon'. 'Aim for the moon' and that is what Ole has brought back to the club.

Tickets are still available to watch the Treble Reunion match between United and Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on 26 May.

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