Ole Gunnar Solskjaer snubbing Sir Alex Ferguson as Man Utd try to keep Man City race alive

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he “learned a lot” from former manager Sir Alex Ferguson but he has revealed the pair have not spoken “for a while”. Solskjaer believes he has grown as a manager since taking the top job at Old Trafford and he has not turned to Ferguson for advice recently.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s game against West Bromwich Albion, Solskjaer was asked about comparisons to the legendary Ferguson.

He said: “I’ve probably been influenced by the gaffer by the 15 years I worked with him of course, but we’re different personalities.

“I manage the way I think is the right way – I don’t ask anyone how I should manage.

“It’s probably just in my personality.

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“I loved working and playing under Sir Alex and I learned a lot from him obviously.

“But it’s been a while since we had a conversation and I’ve not asked him how I should play this one or that one out.

“It’s been gradual since I came to Man United, I have grown into becoming this person.

“It’s not been consciously something I’ve done, it’s just being myself.”

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After United’s trip to the Hawthorns, they will have a three-day gap before they take on Real Sociedad in Turin in the Europa League.

Solskjaer believes the tough schedule will lead to some rotation but he does not want to prioritise some competitions over others.

“We can’t just deprioritise some games,” he added. “Of course, there’ll be rotation.

“The squad will change. We have to freshen things up when we play Thursday and then Sunday after.

“It’s impossible in today’s circumstances to play the same XI every single game.

“You could do it, probably, if it was only once a week.

“We’ll make decisions when we get there but there will be chances in Europe, like we’ve shown before, for other players.

“If that takes us through the whole way, brilliant. If not, let’s look at it then. We’ve got two legs, two bites at the cherry.”

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