While Solskjaer is indebted to the lessons he learned from Sir Alex during his playing days, he may have gone down a different route in his post-playing career had it not been for a more direct intervention by Ferguson 11 years later.
In the summer of 2007, the Norwegian had decided against having another knee operation, effectively meaning he would have to retire from football.
Although worried about informing Sir Alex, the manager understood Ole’s choice and extended an invitation that would kickstart the chain of events that led to Solskjaer following in his footsteps in the Old Trafford dugout.
“As I’m parking [at the training groun] he’s coming out and he says: ‘How are you son?’
“Not great, I need another operation. I’m not going to do it, I need to retire.”