Gordon Strachan: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer right to seek advice from Man United legend

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Gordon Strachan believes it is a good thing that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is talking to Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Red Devils appointed Solskjaer as their new permanent manager on Thursday morning after weeks of speculation surrounding his future at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have made some big improvements under Solskjaer, winning 11 of their 14 games in the Premier League to put themselves in top-four contention.

Solskjaer is the fourth manager since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, following in the footsteps of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

Ferguson has been regularly spotted in the stands at Old Trafford since the Scottish legend recovered from a brain haemorrhage in May 2018.

Former Manchester United midfielder Strachan likes that Solskjaer has tapped into Ferguson’s knowledge throughout his spell in charge so far.

“We know Ole is talking to Sir Alex, and I think that’s good. He won’t be asking about tactics, he’ll be asking how he deals with being United manager on and off the park,” Strachan told Paddy Power.

“When Alex first went to United, he had a similar set up with Sir Matt Busby. It was nothing technical, but just how to deal with being the manager at that club.

“As a top manager, sometimes you can think you’re getting all the problems in the world and that can be horrible. So, it’s nice to sit and have a cup of tea with somebody who’s been there, done that, and survived it.“

Manchester United have won 15 of their 20 games in all competitions since Solskjaer took over the reins at Old Trafford back in December 2018.

The Norwegian’s biggest victory in charge of the 20-time English champions so far came in a 3-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16.

The Red Devils will take on FC Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals, with FC Porto or Liverpool FC awaiting the winner of that tie in the last four.

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