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Solskjaer open to Ferguson giving team talk

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has offered Sir Alex Ferguson the chance to deliver Manchester United’s team talk ahead of the crunch clash against Liverpool on Sunday. The eyes of the footballing world will be on Old Trafford this weekend as the home side look to continue their impressive form and derail Jurgen Klopp’s Reds’ title tilt. United are going for a 12th win in 14 matches in all competitions and remain unbeaten in nine league matches, having last tasted defeat at Anfield in December – a 3-1 loss that brought the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign. Jesse Lingard, left, and Anthony Martial could return (Nick Potts/PA) Jesse Lingard, who scored the consolation goal that day, and Anthony Martial were expected to be out until the start of March with a injuries sustained in last week’s Champions Leagu...

Ferguson hails Harrison as ‘one of the greatest coaches’

Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Eric Harrison as one of the “greatest coaches of our time” after the former youth team boss and mentor to the much-vaunted Class of ’92 died at the age of 81. Harrison, responsible for forging the fledgling careers of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville among others, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. He was awarded an MBE for services to football just over 12 months ago. “Eric’s contribution to football and not just at Manchester United was incredible,” said Ferguson. “When I came as manager I was lucky enough to have Eric on the staff as head of youth development, so I got to see the work he did and not just with the Class of 92 but with all the young players. “He built character and determination in those young ...

Wes Brown recognises Ferguson fingerprints at Manchester United under Solskjaer

Wes Brown can see the fingerprints of Sir Alex Ferguson on the Manchester United team transformed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Since replacing Jose Mourinho in December in a caretaker role, Solskjaer has put forward a near-perfect case to take the job permanently, with United unbeaten and back in the top four while playing with a verve rarely seen since Ferguson retired in 2014. Brown, who was a team-mate of Solskjaer’s throughout the Norwegian’s 11-year Old Trafford career, has watched on with admiration as United have returned to the formula which made them so successful throughout Ferguson’s 27-year spell in charge. “One of Ole’s big things is he’s taken everything that Sir Alex tried to teach him and he’s teaching it to the lads now,” Brown told Press Association Sport. “That can only b...

Paul Scholes the latest protege of Sir Alex Ferguson to become a manager

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has taken his first job in club management after being appointed boss of Sky Bet League Two side Oldham. He joins a lengthy list of former United players who have worked under Sir Alex Ferguson and subsequently gone into management, which includes the likes of Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Gordon Strachan, Jaap Stam, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson and Teddy Sheringham. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five more ex-Red Devils who starred under Ferguson before moving into the dugout themselves. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Solskjaer has been a big hit as Manchester United interim manager (John Walton/PA) The Norwegian has had a roller-coaster time in management since stepping into coaching at United, first in charge of the strikers and then the reserve t...

Darren Ferguson returns for a third spell as Peterborough manager

Peterborough have appointed Darren Ferguson as manager for the third time. The League One side confirmed the 46-year-old would be taking over for the remainder of the season, following the sacking of Steve Evans after the 0-0 draw at home to promotion rivals Charlton. Ferguson, the 46-year-old son of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex, was previously in charge at London Road from 2007 until 2009, then from 2011 until 2015. A club statement read: “Darren Ferguson has been appointed as manager until the end of the current season. “With 17 games to go in the Sky Bet League One season, it was important that an appointment of a new manager was done swiftly and with somebody that has knowledge of the football club and has managed in this division. “Everybody at Peterborough United are focuse...

Please don’t rest me, urges Ferguson

Teenage Dons midfielder is concerned the arrival of Greg Stewart could limit his game time. Lewis Ferguson hopes the arrival of Greg Stewart at Aberdeen does not mean less game time for him. The 19-year-old has racked up 24 games already for the Dons this season since moving from Hamilton. But the midfielder is enjoying the cut and thrust of life at Pittodrie as Derek McInnes’ men keep pace with Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic. Stewart’s arrival from this weekend’s opponents Kilmarnock has given the Reds boss more options in the centre of the pitch. But Ferguson is praying his manager does not now view the extra numbers as reason to give him a break from first-team duties. “I don’t want a rest and I don’t need one,” declared the Scotland Under-21 international. “I’m a young boy so I c...

Report: Sir Alex Ferguson back working at Manchester United

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward turned to Sir Alex Ferguson for advice on who to bring in as Jose Mourinho’s replacement, according to a report. Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly being employed by Manchester United in a consultancy role to help restore the club back to its glory days. The legendary boss left Old Trafford in 2013 following a 26-year managerial spell that saw him win 38 major trophies. Ferguson is now back involved in a backroom position, according to The Sun, having played an active part in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s appointment as caretaker boss earlier this week. As well as giving the green light for Solskjaer to replace Jose Mourinho, the Scotsman is also said to have pulled strings for the return of his former assistant Mike Phelan. Executive vice-chairman Ed ...

Solskjaer calls on Ferguson for advice ahead of bow as United boss

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met Sir Alex Ferguson for a cup of tea before his first match at the Manchester United helm, with the caretaker boss warning his players that he will replicate the Scot’s hairdryer treatment if needs be. It has been a turbulent week at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho’s two and a half years in the dugout brought to an abrupt halt on Tuesday in the wake of the club’s worst-ever start to a Premier League season. Solskjaer, who represented the club as a player with aplomb before spending time as reserve team boss, was installed as caretaker boss for the remainder of the season and kicks off his reign at former club Cardiff this weekend. There is a close link between Solskjaer and Ferguson (Clint Hughes/PA) The Norwegian endured a torrid time at the Welsh club, overseeing ...

Derek McInnes draws on advice from Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Betfred Cup final

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes hopes his players will vindicate the prediction of Sir Alex Ferguson when they face Celtic in the Betfred Cup final. Sir Alex, the most famed predecessor of McInnes, delivered some words of comfort to the Aberdeen boss two years ago after the Dons lost 3-0 to Celtic at the same stage. The former Scotland and Manchester United boss told McInnes his players would be better-placed to compete in finals the more they play at Hampden. The Dons were soon back at the national stadium, beating Hibernian in a William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final and pushing Celtic all the way in their second final of the season. Aberdeen suffered more disappointment at Hampden last campaign when they lost to Motherwell in the Scottish Cup semi-final but they reached their fourth final ...

Millwall’s Ferguson grateful for Northern Ireland boss O’Neill’s guidance

Shane Ferguson has revealed Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill helped persuade him to stay at Millwall in the summer and force his way back into Neil Harris’ team. Ferguson was close to leaving the Den in the summer, having lost his place to the on-loan Ben Marshall after suffering a knee injury just before Christmas. The 27-year-old stuck around and has now won back his place in the starting XI, and he is grateful to O’Neill for the advice he was given. “Michael has always been great like that,” Ferguson said. “He is always phoning me and seeing how I am, and I phone him too asking for advice. “He was always saying, ‘Stick with it, see how the start of the season goes.'” Ferguson was never keen on the idea of leaving Millwall, ha...

Derek McInnes lauds Lewis Ferguson once again

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes hailed the reliability and maturity of Lewis Ferguson after the teenager popped up with his second late winner in successive Sundays. The 19-year-old earned the Dons a 2-1 win at Kilmarnock after curling home an 87th-minute free-kick winner from 22 yards. The former Hamilton midfielder headed Aberdeen into the Betfred Cup final with a winner against Rangers last weekend before helping his team beat Accies comfortably in midweek. And McInnes felt Ferguson was the only player who delivered for 90 minutes at Rugby Park after his side came back from Kris Boyd’s penalty opener. “In the last three games he’s played three different roles,” McInnes added. “Here he went from being a number 10 to a number eight in the second half. In midweek, with the way Hamilton shap...

Result: Ferguson the hero again as Aberdeen recover to win at Kilmarnock

Lewis Ferguson scored his second winner in successive Sundays as a clinical Aberdeen came from behind to win 2-1 at Kilmarnock. The 19-year-old curled home a free-kick in the 87th minute to rescue three points from a generally shot-shy performance. Kris Boyd netted his first league goal of the season from a 32nd-minute penalty and the Dons took 73 minutes to get their first shot on target. But substitute Bruce Anderson’s effort found the net as he diverted Niall McGinn’s shot home and Ferguson added to last weekend’s Hampden winner over Rangers. The defeat prevented Killie moving above Rangers into third in the Ladbrokes Premiership while Aberdeen joined Livingston and Hibernian on 18 points. Boyd might have had a penalty with two minutes on the clock when he went down as Max Lowe tried to...

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