The ex-Molde boss, 45, was named United caretaker manager until the end of the season earlier this week, replacing Jose Mourinho.
And Solskjaer has revealed he immediately turned to his "mentor" Fergie for advice on dealing with the huge role and pressure that goes with it.
The former United super-sub said: “He's influenced me with everything to be fair.
"The way he's dealt with people the way he was manager of the club, how he kept 25 international players happy and hungry wanting to improve…
"But also the staff in and around the place, he's been my mentor but I didn't understand early on he'd be my mentor.
“After my injury in 2003, I was making notes about what he did in certain situations and I've already been in touch with him.
"There's no-one better to get advice from.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has also promised a more positive style of football than United fans grew used to under Mourinho.
He said: “It's about getting every player to be the best, speaking to them on training ground, philosophy, principles, how we want to play.
“It does not matter what team you're coaching, they all want to have a picture of how you want to play.
“They are quality players so it will be easier to get players expressing themselves.
“You play with courage, go out there and express your skills, go out and express, take risks."
Solskjaer also confirmed Romelu Lukaku is currently away from the club on compassionate leave – and could miss the rest of 2018.
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