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How did Sir Alex Ferguson’s former Manchester United stars get into the dugout?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently plotting how to restore Manchester United’s glory days, as the club has failed to fight for the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.

The Norwegian has the role that any former Manchester United player who chooses to complete the coaching trajectory after retirement.

As many as 34 ex-United players, who played under the legendary Ferguson, have decided to take a plunge by entering management after hanging their boots.

Gary Neville said last week that he made the mistake of not listening to Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice during his time in Valencia, but how have the other charges of the Scot fared in management?

Here, Sports email looks at the career of those players with an emphasis on those who were managers and not coaches. So don’t expect Michael Carrick, Quinton Fortune or Wayne Rooney …

Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United with distinction during his outstanding 26-year reign

Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United with distinction during his outstanding 26-year reign

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United reserves, Molde, Cardiff, Molde, Manchester United

(Player under Ferguson – 1996-2007)

We should start with the baby assassin because it has the biggest job of all.

Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward decided to turn to the Manchester United icon after the wheels loosened during the final stages of Jose Mourinho’s reign.

Ole was put on the wheel temporarily in December 2018, and a string of impressive results made sure he got the role finally.

The jury is not yet sure whether Solskjaer can bring the success back to the red half of Manchester, but he is slowly making his own mark on the team.

Solskjaer’s career after the game has come full circle, as his first managerial job was with Manchester United’s reserve sides.

He then returned to Norway to manage Molde, winning consecutive titles before relegating with Cardiff City.

Solskjaer took control of Molde after his dismissal in Cardiff before United came to call his services.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man who has to bring the glory days back to the club

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man who has to bring the glory days back to the club

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man who has to bring the glory days back to the club

Ryan Giggs – Manchester United (interim), Wales

(Player under Ferguson – 1990-2013)

Giggs achieved the most success under Ferguson with the Manchester United legend winning a whopping 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League on two occasions under the Scot.

They will go down in history as one of the best double acts of players and managers the Premier League has ever seen.

Giggs has all the qualifications to become a top manager, but the best players aren’t always the best managers.

The Welshman spent time at Manchester United as an assistant coach under David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal, but left Old Trafford when Mourinho was appointed manager.

He was United’s interim coach for four games after Moyes got his marching orders in March 2014 and led his beloved club to two wins, one draw and one defeat.

He was named Wales boss in January 2018 and has a solid start in life with the national team.

Giggs led Wales to Euro 2020, but the tournament has been postponed by a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ryan Giggs led Wales to Euro 2020 before the tournament was postponed by a year

Ryan Giggs led Wales to Euro 2020 before the tournament was postponed by a year

Ryan Giggs led Wales to Euro 2020 before the tournament was postponed by a year

Roy Keane – Sunderland, Ipswich

(Player under Ferguson 1993-2005)

Keane was the voice of Ferguson on the field and the fiery Irishman was able to get the best out of his players when his manager was in the stands.

His sudden exit from Old Trafford in 2005 came about when Keane went a step too far in criticizing his teammates on United’s own TV channel.

Ferguson sent him packing and the duo’s relationship has never been the same since.

Keane twice tried management at Sunderland and Ipswich, but so far he has not been able to match his playing career level.

He has held assistant manager roles in the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, but now works as a TV expert at Sky Sports.

Roy Keane (right, pictured with Niall Quinn) was appointed manager of Sunderland in 2006

Roy Keane (right, pictured with Niall Quinn) was appointed manager of Sunderland in 2006

Roy Keane (right, pictured with Niall Quinn) was appointed manager of Sunderland in 2006

Mark Hughes – Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke, Southampton

(Player under Ferguson 1988-1995)

Ferguson returned Hughes to the club in 1988 for a second period after being sold to Barcelona before the Scot’s arrival.

Hughes turned out to be one of Ferguson’s trusted lieutenants and the Welshman won two Premier League titles under him.

He has been a bit of a management companion since his retirement, but has not yet had great success.

Most of his roles came to teams at the end of the Premier League, but he led Manchester City to the top during the early years of their rise.

One of his most notable City matches came back to Old Trafford when Michael Owen scored a last-minute winner for United in a very entertaining derby match.

Mark Hughes has been on the field with his most recent role with Southampton

Mark Hughes has been on the field with his most recent role with Southampton

Mark Hughes has been on the field with his most recent role with Southampton

Paul Ince – Macclesfield, MK Dons, Blackburn, MK Dons, Notts County, Blackpool

(Player under Ferguson: 1989-1995)

Ince was part of the Manchester United squad, which won consecutive Premier League titles in 1993 and 1994.

The midfielder was sold to Inter Milan and after two years played in Italy for United’s bitter rivals, Liverpool.

His first managerial role came in 2006 when he was named player-manager of Macclesfield Town.

Ince then took over the lead at MK Dons and he impressed by leading the club to the promotion of League Two.

He made history in June 2008 when he became the first black British manager to lead a Premier League squad by accepting a role with Blackburn Rovers.

Ince was fired after six months due to poor results. A return to MK Dons was followed by spells in Notts County and Blackpool.

Paul Ince has held six leadership positions since hanging his boots, but is now a TV expert

Paul Ince has held six leadership positions since hanging his boots, but is now a TV expert

Paul Ince has held six leadership positions since hanging his boots, but is now a TV expert

Steve Bruce – Sheffield United, Huddersfield, Wigan, Crystal Palace, Birmingham, Wigan, Sunderland, Hull, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle

(Player under Ferguson 1987-1996)

Bruce proved to be a rock-solid addition to Ferguson’s Manchester United in 1987, when the Scot paid out £ 825,000 in the center back.

He formed a formidable partnership with Gary Pallister at the heart of the Red Devils’ defense before moving on in 1996.

Bruce has been on the property since turning to management, while the 59-year-old is now in charge of Newcastle.

He led Hull to the FA Cup finals during the 2013-14 season, but the Tigers lost in Wembley’s extension to Arsenal.

Former Manchester United defender Steve Bruce is the current manager of Newcastle United

Former Manchester United defender Steve Bruce is the current manager of Newcastle United

Former Manchester United defender Steve Bruce is the current manager of Newcastle United

Bryan Robson – Middlesbrough, Bradford, West Brom, Sheffield United, Thailand, Thailand U23s

(Player under Ferguson 1986-1994)

Manchester United’s Captain Marvel has two Premier League medals in his trophy case from his time at Old Trafford.

Robson led Middlesbrough to the best flight in his first season in charge of Middlesbrough.

The former midfielder was on Boro for a total of seven years before leaving the club by mutual consent in 2001.

A brief stint in Bradford followed before taking over in West Brom.

Robson’s West Brom were at the bottom of the Premier League at Christmas and on the last day of the season, but they’ve done a miracle to stay in the top.

They relegated the following season, and Robson left when the Baggies finished ninth in the championship.

He has held short-term roles with Sheffield United and the Thailand national team, but now works back at Manchester United as a global ambassador.

Bryan Robson helped West Brom make a great escape on the last day of the 2004-05 season

Bryan Robson helped West Brom make a great escape on the last day of the 2004-05 season

Bryan Robson helped West Brom make a great escape on the last day of the 2004-05 season

Gary Neville – Valencia

(Player under Ferguson 1992-2011)

Gary Neville rose through the ranks of United as part of their famous class of 92, with the right back achieving great success at Old Trafford.

The same cannot be said for his time as manager of Valencia as it did not go according to plan from start to finish.

Neville became head coach of the Spanish giants in December 2015 to help his close friend and Valencia owner Peter Lim.

However, he was fired in March because he could only lead Valencia to 10 wins in 28 games – and will be remembered for an infamous 7-0 hammering by Barcelona.

He recently said he would not go back into management with Neville, now an expert on Sky Sports, alongside former rival Jamie Carragher.

Gary Neville (pictured with brother Phil) failed in Valencia before returning to the punditry

Gary Neville (pictured with brother Phil) failed in Valencia before returning to the punditry

Gary Neville (pictured with brother Phil) failed in Valencia before returning to the punditry

Phil Neville – England Women

(Player under Ferguson 1994-2005)

Neville, like his older brother, was in the Class of 92 alongside Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Nicky Butt.

He was a utility man during his playing days because he could cover on the back as well as on the midfield.

Neville spent eight years with Everton after being sold by Manchester United in 2005, but returned to the club in 2013 as a coach alongside David Moyes.

He left United when Louis van Gaal replaced Moyes and is now manager of the England women’s team after a short spell with his brother in Valencia.

England finished last year’s World Cup in fourth place under the guidance of Neville.

Phil Neville is in charge of the England women's team, but his long-term future is in doubt

Phil Neville is in charge of the England women's team, but his long-term future is in doubt

Phil Neville is in charge of the England women’s team, but his long-term future is in doubt

The rest

Viv Anderson (Managed Barnsley)

Paul Parker (Managed Chelmsford, Welling)

Teddy Sheringham (Managed Stevenage, ATK)

Peter Davenport (Managed Macclesfield, Bangor, Colwyn Bay, Southport)

Frank Stapleton (Managed Bradford, New England Revolution)

Andrei Kanchelskis (Managed Torpedo-ZIL Moscow, Ufa, Jurmala, Solaris Moscow, Navbahor Namangan)

Chris Casper (Managed Bury)

Chris Turner (Managed Leyton Orient, Hartlepool, Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport, Hartlepool)

Michael Appleton (Managed Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn, Oxford, Lincoln)

Henning Berg (Managed Lyn, Lillestrom, Blackburn, Legia Warsaw, Videoton, Stabaek, Omnoia)

Henrik Larsson (Managed Landskrona BoIS, Falkenberg, Helsingborg, Helsingborg (second spell))

Paul Scholes (Managed Oldham)

Laurent Blanc (Managed Bordeaux, France, Paris Saint Germain)

Gabriel Heinze (Managed Godoy Cruz, Argentinos Juniors, Velez Sarsfield)

Jaap Stam (Managed Jong Ajax, Reading, PEC Zwolle, Feyenoord)

Mike Phelan (Managed Hull)

Pat McGibbon (Managed Lurgan Celtic, Newry City, Portadown)

Gordon Strachan (Managed Coventry, Southampton, Celtic, Middlesbrough, Scotland)

David Healy (Managed Linfield)

Clayton Blackmore (Managed Bangor, Porthmadog)

Simon Davies (Managed Chester, Anderlecht)

Darren Ferguson (Managed Peterborough, Preston, Peterborough, Doncaster, Peterborough)

Mark Robins (Managed Rotherham, Barnsley, Coventry, Huddersfield, Scunthorpe, Coventry)

Neil Webb (Managed Weymouth, Reading Town)

Jordi Cruyff (Managed Maccabi Tel Aviv, Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, Ecuador)

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