Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Sir Alex Ferguson's influence has been 'overblown a bit'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

No one would have thought Manchester United stood any chance of getting into the top four back in December.

But after Jose Mourinho's sacking and the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis, the Red Devils have gone from strength to strength.

They have made up serious ground on both Arsenal and Chelsea in the Premier League, while also beating the former at the Emirates to knock them out of the FA Cup.

United have won eight out of nine under Solskjaer and they even earned praise for their team spirit in coming back from two goals down at home to Burnley in the week.

Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof struck in the final five minutes to earn an undeserved but welcome point.

So just how has Solskjaer done it? Well, he's reinstated the philosophy of attacking football that was ingrained into the club by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Reports have also detailed Ferguson's visits to the training ground during Solskjaer's time in charge.

But has the Scot really been that much of an influence behind-the-scenes? The Norwegian certainly doesn't think he's been that key.

“His [Ferguson] role has been overblown a bit,” said Solskjaer, per Mirror.

“He has been to the training ground a couple of times and I make sure I visit him after every game in his lounge at Old Trafford. It’s great to have a chat with him and his friends after every game. Great for me and, I think, good for him as well.

“He’s still got a good eye for the game and it’s great to see how well he looks after his illness. I can’t ring him every day and we don’t even speak every week on the phone but we do keep bumping into each other at the stadium.

“The weather was terrible both times he came to visit us at the training ground. The wind was really blowing. But he loves his football.”

Well, there you have it, Solskjaer's good work is pretty much down to his managerial nous, which may earn him the job on a permanent basis.

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