Solskjaer to follow Sir Alex Ferguson blueprint… but will treat players differently to the Manchester United legend

The baby-faced assassin faces his first test as interim Manchester United boss tomorrow when his struggling side travel to his former club Cardiff.

Solskjaer, 45, was signed by Fergie in 1996 and went onto win nine major trophies with the club including six Premier League titles.

The Norwegian took his first training session on Thursday and is hoping to bring the good old days back to Old Trafford by copying Ferguson's managerial style.

He told MUTV: "I've had 300-400 games as a first-team manager. I'm confident.

"I've won the league, I've won cups, I've been relegated. It's about man-management. It's about managing players, staff and it's about getting the best out of everyone.

"The boss (Ferguson) will always be the best at that. I get my managerial style from him."

Fergie, who was renowned for the hairdryer treatment, admits it won't be exactly the same as under Sir Alex because he will manage his group of players differently to the Scotsman.

He added: "He's been the biggest influence but then again we're different. I'm a different personality. I like to speak to people, I like to engage with people.

"I want to see people express themselves. That makes me happy."

Solskjaer tried to motivate his players ahead of the fixture pile-up by turning up at the Christmas party to deliver a rousing speech. 

Last year, Jose Mourinho was a no-show but Solskjaer was keen to set the right tone in order to try and provide a much-needed boost to the club.

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