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Mark Dempsey: The 10 words Sir Alex Ferguson told me when I joined Man Utd in 1999

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sought to make an immediate impact as Manchester United's new interim manager since replacing Jose Mourinho.

Reintroducing fast attacking football is one big change the 45-year-old has made, which was evident in the recent victories over Cardiff City and Huddersfield.

Player happiness has also returned to the squad after it gradually deteriorated while Mourinho was in charge.

Solskjaer only has until the end of the season to make his mark but, credit where it's due, he's treating the position as if it were permanent.

And now he's made another big call by bringing former United youth coach Mark Dempsey back to the club.

Dempsey, 54, has previously worked alongside Solskjaer at Cardiff and Swedish club Molde, so the pair know each other very well.

He's also worked under the great Sir Alex Ferguson having joined the Scot's coaching team at United in 1999.

Fergie had just won his fifth Premier League title when he hired Dempsey, who can still remember exactly what was said in their first conversation.

Alex Ferguson

"When I walked up the stairs at Carrington, Ferguson waited for me as a new member of the team," Dempsey revealed in a recent interview.

"How good is that? He welcomed me to the club and said 'they told me that you were a f****** good player'."

Dempsey started his senior career at United and left in the summer of 1986 - just a few months before Ferguson replaced Ron Atkinson.

So the former midfielder was probably very surprised - and delighted - to hear that he had been told such good things about him.

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According to Dempsey, the most important thing he learned from Sir Alex in his 10 years at United was to always have high standards.

"Standards, on and off the pitch. That you should always work harder than your opponent. Always," he added.

"At Manchester United we never talked about whether we were better or worse than the others. Only if we worked more than the rest."

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Alex Ferguson
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Football
Premier League
Manchester United

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