Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has borrowed two managerial tactics from Alex Ferguson 3 years ago

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has borrowed two managerial tactics from Alex Ferguson

He has borrowed some tricks from Ferguson.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken to the Manchester United manager's job like a duck to water.


The Norwegian was appointed United's caretaker manager last month following Jose Mourinho's dismissal. His remit was to get the players and the fans back onside and he has arguably overachieved so far.

The team have won all five games under Solskjaer, scoring 16 goals. The players appear reborn, the team are passing the ball forward and fans are enjoying watching United matches again after the drudgery of the Mourinho era.

United look like they could even mount a late run for the Champions League places.


Sunday's game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley will be the biggest match Solskjaer has faced since taking the job and could play a big part in the fortunes of both clubs this season.

If Solskjaer can mastermind a victory over Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino, the calls for him to get the job on a permanent basis will grow louder.

Even if the Norwegian isn't at Old Trafford this time next year, or if the team lose to Tottenham, there can be no denying that he has had a significant impact at the club over the past month.


Some of the behind scenes details from a report in The Telegraph show how Solskjaer has helped change the mood at Old Trafford.

According to the report, the former United striker has won over the playing squad and staff at United with his positive demeanour, he is said to be approachable and inclusive. The younger players are "hanging on his every word" and he has impressed them with his knowledge and encouragement.

It also sounds like Solskjaer has borrowed a couple of tricks from Alex Ferguson.

The Molde manager is said to have delivered the hairdryer treatment to his players at half-time of the FA Cup win over Reading last Saturday. United were leading 2-0 at the time, but Solskjaer wasn't happy with the performance.


"Screaming directly into the faces of players in true Ferguson style, Solskjaer unloaded for a minute or two. Rant over and point made, the focus then switched to calmly discussing how United would tackle the second half."

Crucially, Solskjaer is reported to have moved on instantly and the incident hasn't been mentioned since. Unlike his predecessor, he doesn't bear any grudges. Ferguson adopted a similar approach of delivering the hairdryer and then moving on quickly during his 26-years at Old Trafford.

Another tactic Solskjaer has borrowed from his former boss relates to team selection.

Rather than telling a player he was to be dropped, or not saying anything at all, Ferguson would tell a player he was saving them for another match and he needed them to be focused for that game.


This would cushion the blow of being dropped and made the player feel part of the team. Solskjaer has done likewise in recent weeks and, again, it has gone down well with the squad.

"For players who were usually not told when or why they had been dropped under Mourinho and Van Gaal, Solskjaer’s honesty is refreshing."

It appears that Solskjaer hasn't put a foot wrong so far and he goes into the match against Spurs with the full support of the United squad.