And it appears the popular Norwegian interim boss is taking the same approach as Sir Alex Ferguson.
Solskjaer worked under Ferguson throughout his entire playing career at Old Trafford.
In 11 years as a Manchester United forward, the 46-year-old won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League.
Now, back in Manchester as manager until at least the end of the season, Solskjaer is leading United back towards their former glory.
Solskjaer’s ex-team-mate Carrick, who worked as Jose Mourinho’s assistant before the Portuguese was sacked in December, has witnessed first-hand the huge difference in recent months.
And he puts United’s turnaround down to the boss bringing back the philosophy experienced under Ferguson.
David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho all ultimately failed at Old Trafford, and Carrick knows why everything is finally rosy again since Solskjaer’s return.
Carrick’s claims on Solskjaer come as:
“The United way is not, ‘We’re better than you’. We just have to work harder”
Discussing Solskjaer and Ferguson’s management styles, Carrick told The Times: “Same principles. Ole’s team-talks are big on hard work [as Ferguson’s were].
“He delivers it his way. That’s the club’s way, the DNA of Manchester United: an exciting, positive, winning performance, where you take risks, you go for it, work ethic, humility.
“The United way is not, ‘We’re better than you’. We just have to work harder.
“All the best teams United have had over the years always had an unbelievable work ethic.”
On his fellow coaches assisting the manager, Carrick added: “Ole listens to us an awful lot, trusts us loads, delegates a lot.
“Ole has given me loads of responsibility. I’m not sure throughout the league you’d get that from a coach.
“But Ole is the boss, he makes the decisions. He is as he was as a player: calm, calculated.”
Asked whether the ‘Baby-faced Assassin’ is tough too, Carrick replies: “Oh, he’s tough. Without doubt.
“To play at United over a period of time you have to have real grit, stubbornness. To be a United player you have to be calm and relaxed but underneath there is a real steel. I knew that from the very start, playing with him.
“I could see the way he was when he sat on the bench, analysed the game, he’d almost picture the goal he would score when he came on.
“He was always really prepared which speaks for him now as a coach and a manager. I am not surprised how he is.
“We talk about the last few months and go, ‘Well done lads, fantastic, what’s next?’ Hopefully, a win on Saturday (against Wolves at 7.55pm), try to get through the next round of the Cup.
“Then the final push for the season. Momentum is massive in football.”