"I was very lucky with the dressing room I was in, you all put a shift in".
"I do think the players are getting away with murder.the way they're hiding behind the manager.they've thrown him under the bus".
Former striker Solskjaer's immediate focus will be three points at Cardiff, who he managed for eight months in 2014 but could not keep them in the top flight before being sacked at the start of the following campaign.
He will send out his team for the first time against Cardiff, where he endured a hard nine months as manager in 2014, in the Premier League on Saturday, the first of four games in 12 days over the holiday period.
He said: "You certainly get to see the players in a game, in a pressure situation, but I think the amount of games coming up is no problem because you've got this incredible squad of players". They've got nowhere to hide now, especially Paul Pogba.
Solskjaer smiled throughout a packed news conference at the Aon Training Complex, where the prospect of staying on after the season is naturally in the back of his mind.
On Carrick, he said: "When he was signed I played with him for a season".
"I've been critical of managers that leave clubs and speak about what's happened and who's to blame". How he kept 25 global players happy and hungry, wanting to improve, but also the staff in and around the place. I didn't understand early on that he'd been my mentor. I get my managerial style from him.
The most obvious topic came up next and it was about Solskjaer's winning goal in stoppage time that won United the 1999 Champions League final and the club's only treble in the process.
Now comes the chance to oversee a comeback from the dugout, with the club languishing 11 points off the Champions League spots after just 17 matches.
One of the first challenges for Solskjaer will be related to injuries.
"With the players they've got, I bet he can't believe his luck". Of course you don't want to concede five goals, but that was nearly the ideal end for him as a manager, with the way he played football.
"But can he ever really win the league with Tottenham?"
"I don't see anything in that".
"The club have got the scouting, they've got their targets but I've not sat down and talked about that". "That was decided before me, so that's fine".