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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer here listening to words of advice from former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson on the training ground in 2007

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer here listening to words of advice from former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson on the training ground in 2007

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer here listening to words of advice from former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson on the training ground in 2007

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is on a mission to restore Manchester United's attacking identity as he attempts to persuade the club's hierarchy to hand him the manager's job permanently.

Solskjaer has made an impressive start as caretaker in the wake of Jose Mourinho's sacking and hopes to record a fifth successive victory by beating Reading in the FA Cup third round at Old Trafford today before the squad fly to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp.

Paul Pogba is expected to be missing against Reading after being injured by a reckless Jonjo Shelvey challenge during Wednesday's 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Solskjaer, who has also managed Cardiff, is determined to win the Cup and seal a top-four spot in the Premier League but says he will consider his temporary spell in charge a success if United are talked of as being an exciting, enterprising side again after five years of struggle.

Asked what would constitute success, the Norwegian said: "Get to summer and people are talking about the way Manchester United are playing, that it reminds us of Sir Alex Ferguson's teams, of the successful times.

"It has to start with the way we play because, results, you cannot control. You can control how you approach the game and how you play. And, of course, trophies - if you can get to the final of the FA Cup and get a trophy."

United want Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as their long-term successor to Mourinho but Solskjaer believes himself to be a natural choice for the job.

"Man United fits me very well because it's in me, it's in your personality, it's ingrained in you," he said. "I understand the club.

"I thought I could go into Cardiff but different clubs have different cultures, different playing styles and philosophies." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent