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The former Old Trafford striker has already moved to sign two of the club's former youth prospects, and Mehmet Dalman has encouraged further use of the Norwegian's connections.

Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman expects manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make the most of his past ties to Manchester United.

Solskjaer, who left Molde to replace Malky Mackay in January, enjoyed an 11-year spell as a player at Old Trafford, where he won six Premier League titles and the Champions League. Cardiff has since moved to sign former United youngsters Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli and has been linked with loan deals for fullback Fabio and winger Wilfried Zaha.

And Dalman believes it would make sense for Solskjaer to make the most of his connections.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "Why wouldn't anyone want to tap into that influence? Intellectual capital is rare. Technical talent is rare. These guys work at the top of their game."

Solskjaer's appointment came on the back of a turbulent end to Mackay's reign but, despite only signing a one-year rolling contract, Dalman is confident Solksjaer will be at the helm for a long time.

He added: "I hope to build with him a long-term future here. Over the next five years, I think you will see a lot of Solskjaer and this is a great place for him to build his credibility."

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