Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started taking notes on Sir Alex Ferguson’s management four years before he retired.
Solskjaer was announced as Manchester United interim manager earlier this week, with the Norwegian replacing Jose Mourinho until the end of the season.
He gave his first interview as the new boss on Thursday, before holding a press conference on Friday ahead of his first game – against former club Cardiff.
The 45-year-old says he has already sought the advice of former manager Ferguson.
“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 said.
“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 what he did in certain situations.
“I’ve already been in touch with him, there’s no one to get better advice from.”
When asked whether there was any doubt as to whether he should return, even in a temporary role, Solskjaer replied: “No, of course not.
“I didn’t think twice when they called me to sign me as a player and this is more of an honour and privilege to be helping the club for a few months.”