OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has shown on more than one occasion his managerial style is strongly inspired by his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Norwegian chief, 46, replaced Jose Mourinho in December on an interim basis, before being given the job permanently last month.
Even now, Solskjaer still sees Fergie as his mentor and has honoured him in a number of ways since taking over at Old Trafford.
From avoiding “the gaffer’s” parking spot to bringing back quiz night, check out the wacky things Solskjaer has done to honour Ferguson since taking over…
SOLSKAER has a space reserved at the club’s Carrington training complex – but refuses to use it, instead happily parking with the hordes.
The Norwegian told staff: “It just doesn’t feel right parking there. It’s still the gaffer’s (Fergie) place.”
A United insider added: “Sir Alex had his own spot. It’s a busy car park and we have been waiting for Ole to claim dibs on the bay after he started driving himself in.
“Ole is in before most of the staff but he is just as unassuming as we remember him.”
ALMOST immediately after taking over as United boss, Solskjaer revealed he ran to “mentor” Fergie to ask for help.
The former United super-sub claimed he even pinched tactics from him by writing notes as a playing, saying: “He’s 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.
“After my injury in 2003, I was making notes about what he did in certain situations and I’ve already been in touch with him.
“There’s no-one better to get advice from.”
DESPITE not being managed by Ferguson since 2007, Solskjaer has admitted he still refers to his old boss as “gaffer”.
The current United boss spent 11 years under the Scot legend’s tutelage and appears to have picked up more than a few tips over those years.
Even now, despite being the gaffer, he still looks up to Fergie…
JUST a few weeks into his return to the club, Solskjaer revealed he wanted to ramp up the squad unity by reintroducing Fergie’s “quiz night” on team stopovers.
Ferguson was a massive fan of general knowledge quizzes and would regularly pit his wits up against his players, including Solskjaer, to try and boost team morale.
In January, A United source revealed: “Ole really wants the players to stick together and doesn’t want them in their hotel rooms playing on their tablets or on social media.
“Mike Phelan is back and he and Sir Alex used to love quiz night and were fiercely competitive.
“So the lads have heard they need to start brushing up on their general knowledge. It sounds just the job.”
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MICHAEL CARRICK recently confirmed Solskjaer has been heavily influenced by Fergie – but suggested he is still his own man.
Carrick said: “[Solskjaer] is his own man. The boss [Ferguson] is a massive influence on him, like he is with me.
“There are strong similarities but he is his own man and he sees his own things. I wouldn’t want to be unfair on Ole.”
However, ex-United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged Solskjaer to forget about Fergie’s legacy and make his own history.
Zlatan claimed: “Everything that happens is judged by the era of Ferguson. They are saying if Ferguson was here, this would not happen, Ferguson would not do it like that.
“Everything was Ferguson. If it was me, I would say I don’t have Ferguson any more. And I come here and I want to make my own history, I want to make my own story.
“Ferguson has his place in history at this club but now the club continues. It has to find its own identity.”