I’d just been promoted to first-team coach at Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson called me into his office.
“Listen Ren, I want to have a quick chat about how I like to see United perform.”
He was standing by a flipchart where he’d scribbled notes down over three pages: one on defence, one talking about possession and one about attacking.
“When I see United attack, I want to see them attack with four things: pace, power, penetration and unpredictability.”
Bang, bang, bang, bang.
He spoke in the same way he wanted his team to play.
When he left, after 26 years in charge, that identity went with him. Those four things disappeared. It was laboured. It was slow. Too many touches. No runs.
Now, you see those things coming back in. Because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was part of that. He knows.
Mike Phelan was part of that. Michael Carrick was part of that.
They all know. So it’s not difficult to bring that back in, because they’ve lived it. They’ve experienced it. As have I.