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Ed Woodward’s Man Utd training ground demand says a lot about Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is carving out his own history at Old Trafford – but he has always been aware of the traditions of the club.

And that was particularly apparent when Ed Woodward had to intervene to demand Solskjaer start using the manager’s parking space at their Carrington training ground at the start of last season.

The prime estate in the Carrington car park was left empty after Jose Mourinho’s sacking, even when Solskjaer was handed the job on a permanent basis.

The reason for the snub was a respectful nod to legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, under whom Solskjaer made 366 United appearances.

Ed Woodward reportedly demanded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer start using the manager’s parking spot at Carrington

It was reported back in the summer of 2019 that Solskjaer told staff: “It just doesn’t feel right parking there. It’s still the gaffer’s [Fergie’s] place.”

A club insider at the time told The Sun: “Sir Alex had his own spot

“It’s a busy car park and we have been waiting for Ole to claim dibs on the bay after he started driving himself in.

“Ole is in before most of the staff but he is just as unassuming as we remember him.”

The respectful gesture spoke volumes of Solskjaer’s respect for Ferguson and what he achieved at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer is now carving out his own history at Man Utd with Woodward keen to move on from the past
Solskjaer is now carving out his own history at Man Utd with Woodward keen to move on from the past

But, fed up with jibes of United living in the past, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward put his foot down.

According to the Daily Mail, he demanded Solskjaer start using the manager’s parking space at the start of last season in order to move forward with the Norwegian as manager.

And Solskjaer has since started carving out his own history and more than warranted the use of the space previously reserved for Ferguson.

Ferguson has certainly had an impact on Solskjaer, as he admitted shortly after taking the job.

“He’s influenced me with everything to be fair,” Solskjaer said at the time.

“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’s been my mentor but I didn’t understand early on he’d be my mentor.

“After my injury in 2003, I was making notes about what he did in certain situations and I’ve already been in touch with him.

“There’s no-one better to get advice from.”

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