Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the job done so far by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United and has outlined the signs that stated why his former player always had it in him to be a top manager.
United’s fortunes have fluctuated over the years since the legendary Ferguson stepped down in 2013. While David Moyes and Louis van Gaal – despite the latter’s FA Cup success – were considered failures, Jose Mourinho did at least bring more success to the club.
However, his argumentative approach together with his style of play wasn’t in keeping with the ‘Manchester United way’.
Solskjaer though looks like he’s got it right on and off the pitch. While he is yet to win a trophy, he has secured back-to-back top-four finishes. They are in the Europa League final and are big favourites to win against Villarreal in Gdansk on May 26.
Ferguson saw so many of his players try and make the grade as a manager. However, in Solskjaer, he has explained why he always knew he had what it took.
Furthermore, in an interview with BBC Sport, he has marvelled at the progress being made on the pitch.
“Even as a young reserve, even when he was on the bench, he would take notes of the training sessions. He had a will that he wanted to be a manager and at a club like Manchester United, it’s a result industry, without question.
“If you don’t get results there’s questions to be asked. He is getting the results, he really has done very well. And what is really important for this club is to introduce young people, and he’s given young players a chance.
“That will always be the foundation of Manchester United, from Matt Busby, from Alex Ferguson and to what Ole is doing, the young guys, if they are good enough, play them. Never a problem at this club.”
Since Ferguson retired, neighbours Manchester City have become the dominant force in English football. Rivals Liverpool also ended their 30-year wait for a top-flight title in 2020.
The Glaswegian will star in a documentary made by his son Jason which is released later this month.
Ferguson salutes Guardiola, Klopp
He has also paid tribute to City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp. However, the Scot insists he would have no trouble being a manager in the modern era.
“I personally don’t think so,” Ferguson said.
“I think I had something in me that was bound to get me somewhere in life. I’m not being boastful, but I think I had that personality to do well, the drive and the hunger and the energy.
“Even when I got into my 60s I wanted the players to really see my energy.
“I think there are young people out there with a drive like you see with Klopp for instance. That’s the drive he’s brought to Liverpool, and Pep Guardiola with the job he’s done at City. There’s a place for people with the right credentials, and the right material to do well.”
A two-time winner of the Champions League, Ferguson also voiced his disapproval of the collapsed European Super League.
He added: “You cannot ever forget that the real reason for football was that the smallest guy can climb to the top of Everest, and that’s the best way I can put that. We can’t do without that really.”