Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed what Sir Alex Ferguson told him after the club sacking Jose Mourinho last month.

Solskjaer has taken over at Old Trafford as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

The former United striker has since brought positivity back to The Theatre Of Dreams after a worse start to the season under Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss was dismissed on December 18 and the Norwegian tactician was appointed in just 24 hours.

Therefore, the United legend has now revealed that former manager Ferguson gave him his blessing to take over from Mourinho.

“Of course I text him when I got the call and he gave me his blessing to put it that way,” he told beIN SPORTS.

“He thought I was ready for it because, obviously, we have kept in touch over the years down at Cardiff, when I was in Molde.”

“He’s been following my progress in Europe so it was just natural for me to make contact and then again he came down to visit us and had a chat with me and the staff, which was fantastic for us, because we know he knows everything about football.”

“Now, he’s getting older so I can’t ring him every week, can I? I can’t bother him!”

“Of course, I see him after the game in the lounge at Old Trafford. I always visit him there and it’s nice to see him, Cathy and his friends.”

The 45-year-old, who is a permanent manager at FC Molde, has openly said that he never had any doubts about taking over at Old Trafford.

“I tried to understand what it was all about and it is one of them you cannot say no to,” he said.

“Because: 1. It’s a fantastic challenge and 2. It’s the club that’s closest to your heart so it’s one of them they feel I’m the right man to help them.

“Of course, I’ll always, always do that. I called my club [Molde], said, ‘Just signed a new contract. Is there any chance we could get this sorted for now?’ ‘No problem’.”

“Then, it was about thinking on my feet. Who do I need to come in with me.”

“Tried to get hold of Mick [Phelan]. It wasn’t easy because he was doing a coaching course in Burnley or something. I didn’t get hold of Mick until three or four o’clock in the afternoon.”

“He’d have to sort things out with his club in Australia. It was one of them things.”

“Everything happened so quickly but because I know Mick so well anyway, we said ‘We’ll give it a go’ and so far so good.”

Solskjaer has led United to eight consecutive wins Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Reading, Tottenham, Brighton and Arsenal before a 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday night.

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