"He encouraged us, he knows that we - the staff I've got - are Manchester United through and through".
"His intelligence, the professionalism, the reason he was able to cope with different positions and also being ready for when the manager called upon him".
But Howard says the United board can not ignore Solskjaer if the team's form continues in this vein.
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The Norwegian - whose only previously Premier League managerial experience came in an ill-fated spell at Cardiff - accepts he has no idea if he truly belongs at United's level, but he is adamant his familiarity with the club counts for something.
'It's hard to get it right, but because of United's success and financial power, you still expect them to be that much closer.
"Of course I've already been in touch with him, because there's no one better to get some advice from". "When you have players, like we have, with pace - Paul [Pogba], Anthony [Martial], Alexis [Sanchez], Romelu [Lukaku], [Marcus] Rashford - that's how we played with Andy [Cole] and Yorkie [Dwight Yorke] with Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] and Becks [David Beckham] down the sides".
"At the end of the season, you need to bring in huge name with a big personality to say: "We're going to do things my way". "They'll get a chance, some of them that are itching to play".
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Solskjaer has had four games to assess his players after being parachuted into the job following Jose Mourinho's dismissal.
Solskjaer has recorded four successive wins since taking over from Mourinho on an interim basis - matching a club record set by the great Matt Busby - and lifted the clouds that seemed to be gathering under the former Chelsea boss.
"It's one game at a time, though, and the day they announce the next manager, if it's me or someone else, then good luck to them". But the congested fixture list over the last two weeks has left little time for training in between games.
"Hopefully they will be disappointed after our game and after, they can do what they want".