Manchester United hired a private jet to fight Liverpool and Bayern Munich to ensure the transfer of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the Old Trafford tour guide was unsure why he was there
If Manchester United ever manage to sign Erling Haaland, it will be a little different from the last time they signed a young Norwegian striker.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as manager may have turned out to be a disappointment, but his signing as a player in 1996 was anything but.
He will end his career with the Red Devils with 126 goals, although he is a completely unknown alternative to the great Alan Shearer – who has instead joined Newcastle.
Of course, Liverpool and Bayern Munich were watching Solskjaer, but interest was a drop in the ocean compared to his compatriot and former Molde Haaland star in recent years.
Nonetheless, the Red Devils hired a new private jet and Sir Alex Ferguson even bought fish and chips to get Solskjaer on the books.
Even still, the Old Trafford tour guide had no idea who the Norwegian was.
As the January transfer window opens, here is Solskjaer’s recollection of a classic transfer tale.
He told the official Manchester United website: “Were Liverpool and Bayern Munich for me? Yes, [and] Cagliari, PSV and a few other teams. But I wouldn’t change the story. There was only one choice. It was fantastic when the call came.
“The owners of Molde have asked me to come to the office. “We have this offer – are you interested? ” Yeah OK. They were going to go on vacation for the next few days. Martin Edwards was also going on vacation, so we had to come the next day. Their private jet was faulty so they booked and hired another private jet just to fly over me.
“I was nervous [before meeting Ferguson], because you’re afraid to say something stupid and it’s going to have a bad first impression. I knew he hadn’t seen me play, so it was an important meeting for me.
“It was just me. We had fish and chips at Old Trafford, in the restaurant there, and it was maybe half an hour or 45 minutes.
“He said, ‘Use the first six months in the reserve and then after Christmas we can maybe get you into the first team. ”
“They were just negotiating the deal at Old Trafford and they showed me around. The guide just asked me [why I was here] and I said ‘I’m here to sign a contract’!
“In fact, he gave me his pen to sign the contract! It was also a proud moment for him, I think.
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