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Solskjaer still feels Busby's influence
Published : 05 Sep 2009 13:31:00
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no doubt Manchester United would not be the global phenomenon they are today without Sir Matt Busby. Solskjaer takes a United side north to the place Busby called home on Sunday when a Red Devils reserve team tackle Motherwell at Fir Park in a match to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the legendary manager's birth. While the coalfields around his Lanarkshire birthplace have long gone, the spirit that emerged from them remains. It made Busby the man he was and United the club they are. "When I first came to the club I got to know all about its history and, through that, Sir Matt," said Solskjaer. "I know exactly what he means to Manchester United. "I have spoken to his son, Sandy, on a number of occasions, which helps to learn more about the man who built the club. Manchester United owes a lot to him. "It was Sir Matt who had the drive and vision to take the club into Europe when no-one else would. He also developed that famous youth policy with Jimmy Murphy and built the traditions of the club that are still followed to this day."