Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Sir Alex Ferguson instructed him ‘to take risks’ after taking Man Utd job

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the unlikely successor to Jose Mourinho after he was appointed Manchester United’s interim manager on Tuesday.

The Norwegian international had previously underwhelmed during his last role in England at Cardiff, winning just nine out of his 30 games in charge.

His side finished last in the Premier League in his first season at the helm and he was eventually sacked nine months after accepting the job.

He has since had success in his homeland with Molde, but some will argue he hasn’t had the experience needed to take the leap to such a big club.

Solskjaer will no doubt be leaning on former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, for guidance throughout his time at United.

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And, ahead of his first game away at Cardiff this weekend, the 46-year-old has revealed the exact advice that Ferguson has given him.

“It’s about getting very player to the best, speaking to them, the training ground, philosophy, principles, how we want to play,” said Solskjaer, per the Mirror.

“It doesn’t matter what team you’re coaching, they all want to have a picture of how you want to play, they’re all quality players, so it will be easier to get players expressing themselves.

“You play with courage, go out there and express your skills. Sir Alex said ‘go out and express yourselves and take risks’.”

That will be music to the ears of Man United fans.

Under Mourinho the past few years, United have played a more defensive style of football.

But, if Solskjaer takes Ferguson’s advice, it seems attacking football will be making a welcome return to the club.

The 46-year-old also revealed how he considers his former manager to be his ‘mentor’.

“Sir Alex influenced me with everything, to be fair, the way he’s dealt with people, the way he was manager of the club, how he kept 25 international players happy and hungry wanting to improve, but also the staff in and around the place.

“He’s been my mentor, but I didn’t understand early on he’d be my mentor. Towards the end, maybe the injury in 2003, I was making all the notes about what he did in certain situations and I’ve already been in touch with him – there’s no one to get better advice from.

“I’ve been here as a player, 11 years as a player, a coach for three-and-a-half years, the best part 15 years of my life.

“It’s a third of my life. I’m getting old, but that’s life, that was the same when I signed as a player, Nicky Butt the first lad I meet, says hi to me, you’re excited but it feels like home.”

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