He has since suffered a time of ups and downs in the helm, with inconsistent results in the Premier League and left United in fifth place in the table while also qualifying for the round of 16 of the UEFA European League before the suspension of the season due to the coronary virus epidemic.
But while others may criticize Solskjaer for not immediately leading the club to the heights he reached under Sir Alex Ferguson, Schmichel believes he is making the most of the resources available to him.
“What he basically acquired was six years from many different directions. He took over the players who were with Sir Alex (Ferguson), and took over the players who were with (David) Moyes and Louis van Gaal and then (Jose) Mourinho.
“They are different. They are different in their approach, and they are different in the players they love. So he didn’t really have the opportunity to build what he wanted but he owns. I think the conditions absolutely helped him but he did give opportunities to players who I always thought were good, they can do the job. But because of Lack of patience or understanding the ability of the players. “
The progress supervised by Solskjaer is shown in the continuous improvement offers of the unique midfielder.
But his development under Solskjaer is testament to the positive influence of the director.
“For me, Farid has been very effective in the team’s performance this season,” Schmichel said. “He was always perfect for the club but now he’s given time to play and more time to give him, more confidence he gained and for me, it was one of the great stories this season at Manchester United.
“Of course it is up to Farid but it is up to first to give him that confidence. I love it. I like the way he presented players who were already there but now in the first team and they are playing well now.
“He also brought all of these values. The players know it now. If you don’t share our values, there is no place for you here. So you have to live up to his values. He brings his own culture and you can see it and it exists and it is amazing.”
Schmechel and Solskjaer were team-mates for three seasons between 1996 and 1999, both of whom are seen as club legends.
Between the two, they won 11 Premier League titles and played vital roles in the historic three-time winner of 1999, which culminated in the Champions League victory in Barcelona.
According to Schmichel, the arrival of Manchester United to the heights achieved under Ferguson, the arrival in the Champions League will be a “huge leap.”
“Entering the Champions League is a huge leap towards (winning the Premier League in the future),” said the former Denmark goalkeeper.
“Not participating in the Champions League is not a disaster because it is another year of development and I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking a step back to take two steps forward.
“But if we can enter the Champions League, this means that the upward transfer windows will feel differently because the best players in the world want to compete in the Champions League.”