Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t ask Sir Alex for help if Man Utd sustain title bid

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t be asking for Sir Alex Ferguson’s help if Manchester United are in a title battle on the home straight.

Horse racing lover Ferguson knows all about the winning post.

But Solskjaer insists he’s his own man at Old Trafford – and no longer needs his hand holding as a manager.

Solskjaer said: “I’ve probably been influenced by Sir Alex 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.

“I loved working and playing under the gaffer 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.

“It’s been gradual since I came to Manchester United, I have grown into becoming this person. It’s not been consciously something I’ve done, it’s just being myself.”

United head to relegation-haunted West Brom today looking to beef up their challenge to leaders Manchester City after just one win from their last four Premier League games.

And Solskjaer has revealed the favourite part of the week for the United dressing room is when he says “Tomorrow off!” to his battle-weary players.

The Old Trafford boss added: “It is a strange time and a difficult season and yes, the demands are big on the players especially here at United.

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“We’ve been in every single competition and not missed out on a game because the Carabao Cup final hasn’t been played yet.

“I’m impressed by the standards the players have kept in training and in games.

“But it’s understandable once in a while you’ll have a slow start, get tired near the end or have an off day and make mistakes. It’s a difficult time for everyone. Players get tired.

“Normally I’d say, ‘Take the family, take your wife, have a weekend away’ – but they can’t because of travel bans.

“So you have to make sure the environment at the training ground is a positive one, somewhere they want to come to and enjoy.

“Once in a while there are cheers. When Edinson Cavani hears the words ‘Tomorrow off’ there’s a big smile on his face!”

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