By Mark Weasley
“United win another corner. Beckhham to whip this one in. Header by Sheringham, Solskjaerhas won it”.
Legendary commentary of the 1999 Champions League Final in which United came from behind to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1, in what is the greatest match in the club’s history and ensured that Alex Ferguson became a knight.
United won the Treble that year, and Ole Solskjaer, the then 25-year-old man, who looked like a teenager had become a certified club legend. The “baby-faced assassin” had joined United in the 1996/97 season but truly became known world over with that goal at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.
The Norwegian is still widely adored by fans of our club, who admired him for his selfless service and dedication to the team despite not being an automatic starter at any point during his 11 years at the club, averaged a goal in every 3 matches and many will still love him back at the club in any coaching capacity in the future, as he has proved his class as a manager with boyhood club, Molde, establishing himself a trophy-winning manager.
Solskjaer once scored five goals as a substitute, a record not likely to be ever broken.
Solskjaer brought an air of class, panache and guile that ensured that Sir Alex always relied on him to deliver from the bench, as the likes of Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Van Nilstelrooy, Wayne Rooney were all ahead of him in the pecking order at different points in his Old Trafford career. His tag as “super sub” is well noted, as he has the most goals scored by a substitute in Premier League history.
The ever-smiling player brought warmth to the terraces of Old Trafford which shades what’s currently obtainable where players are not interested in the pedigree of a club, just for money.
Now 44, and with lines of wrinkles on his smiling face, he will forever be known as the player that competed the treble for the Red Devils. No honour is greater, and for a boy who started out in the Norwegian city of Molde, it ensures that his name is forever etched in football history.