Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest manager of all time after showering encomiums on Pep Guardiola as a legend.

This development occurred when BBC pundit Gary Lineker provoked a reaction from Manchester United fans last week. The result of the reaction was a claim that,  Guardiola has had “the most positive influence of anyone, ever on our game.”

Speaking further, he said,  “Total respect for Sir Alex’s achievements, and, of course, he’s the most successful, but that’s an entirely different thing. Guardiola has changed the way we play [and] think about the game. From our obsession with direct play to total football… and they said it couldn’t be done.”

The talk about who the greatest and influencial coach in the premier league, is also not far fetched from the fact that Solskjaer, will face Guardiola in Tuesday’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg at Old Trafford citing the Catalan as an inspiration, revealing he’d read every book he could about the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.

But he is adamant Ferguson remains the benchmark.

“I must say he has had a big, big influence and since he took over at Barcelona I have admired Pep’s teams,” said the Norwegian. “But I have got to say I worked under the most influential one.”

Reserving some respect for Pep, Solskjaer also  said,  “You do see one of the best managers ever and you can see where he has taken his wisdom from. I had the pleasure of speaking and meeting Johan (Cruyff) back in the day when Jordi was here and you can see certain similarities.

Evening Standard