Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Sir Alex Ferguson told him he was “ready” for the Manchester United job when he took it on an interim basis last month.
The Norwegian has won all eight of his matches in charge so far, with the latest of which coming in the FA Cup fourth round tie at Arsenal on Friday.
There are already increasing calls for the former Cardiff City boss to be given the reins at United on a full-time basis, despite the Red Devils still maintaining an interest in appointing Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino in the summer.
It remains to be seen what United will do come the end of the season, but there is no doubt that Solskjaer has plenty of fans both in and out of Old Trafford.
And the most influential of those is surely Sir Alex Ferguson.
Barely an interview has gone by in which Solskjaer hasn’t mentioned Ferguson during his time in the job, and the legendary boss backed his former forward when he took over from Mourinho.
“I texted Sir Alex when I got the call and he gave me his blessings, to put it that way,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport prior to that Arsenal game.
“He thought I was ready for it.
“Obviously, we kept in touch when I was down in Cardiff and now at Molde. He’s been following my progress in Europe.”
Solskjaer can’t have dreamed of a better start, and his chances of getting the job full-time have been boosted dramatically.