Alex Ferguson takes consultancy role to assist Solkjaer in Man United

Alex Ferguson takes consultancy role to assist Solkjaer in Man United

- Reports claim Alex Ferguson has been in contact with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

- Manchester United defeated Cardiff City 5-1 in Solksjaer first game in charge

- The Red Devils sacked Mourinho two days after embarrassing loss to Liverpool

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer has admitted he has been in contact with former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

It is understood that the Scotsman is playing the behind the scenes role as a consultant at Old Trafford.

The greatest manager in United's history has always been on the board of United since calling it quits in his career - extending his expertise to on-the-pitch matters.

According to The Sun, the legendary manager has played a more central role since Solksjaer took over from Jose Mourinho.

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The 76-year-old suffered a brain haemorrhage earlier in the year - which left him having to go through an emergency operation.

And now Ferguson is a regular visitor at Old Trafford - with claims he and the Norwegian boss will be in regular contact as the season progresses.

It is understood that United chief Ed Woodward turned to Sir Alex for advice after sacking Mourinho - with the Scot influencing assistant Mike Phelan's return.

After the emphatic 5-1 win over Cardiff City Solskjaer said he will follow Sir Alex’s attacking philosophy.

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The bay face assassin described Ferguson as his “mentor” and said he wants to follow the attacking pattern laid down by the legendary former boss.

“It's about getting very player to the best, speaking to them, the training ground, philosophy, principles, how we want to play,” said Solskjaer, who revealed he has been in touch with Ferguson in the past few days.

“It doesn’t matter what team you're coaching, they all want to have a picture of how you want to play, they’re all quality players, so it will be easier to get players expressing themselves.

“You play with courage, go out there and express your skills. Sir Alex said ‘go out and express yourselves and take risks’.

“The last game he had as a manager, 5-5 [at West Brom], that was almost the perfect end for him as a manager, and I want the players to be similar, be the kids that love to play football and go out in front of the best fans in the world.

“Sir Alex influenced me with everything, to be fair, the way he's dealt with people, the way he was manager of the club, how he kept 25 international players happy and hungry wanting to improve, but also the staff in and around the place.

“He’s been my mentor, but I didn't understand early on he'd be my mentor. Towards the end, maybe the injury in 2003, I was making all the notes about what he did in certain situations and I've already been in touch with him - there's no one to get better advice from.

“I've been here as a player, 11 years as a player, a coach for three-and-a-half years, the best part 15 years of my life.

“It’s a third of my life. I'm getting old, but that's life, that was the same when I signed as a player, Nicky the first lad I meet, says hi to me, you're excited but it feels like home.”

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Manchester United captain Ashley has debunked rumours that United players celebrated Jose Mourinho's dismissal from Old Trafford.

The Portuguese tactician was sacked barely days after the Red Devils were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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