He’s the man responsible for the most memorable goal in Man Utd’s illustrious history..
I was 12 at that stage. I remember listening to Utd’s FA CUP semi-final replay against Arsenal on Sky Sports 1. We couldn’t afford to buy it, but it was scrambled (these were the days of analogue sky), but with audio so you could listen to it. Arsenal got a penalty in the last minute and Schmeichel saved it. That was the moment the treble dream started for me..
Solskjaer had that magic touch.. like a Zola or a Bergkamp or a Larsson.. very clever player with love for the game. He’s not in the same legend bracket as some big guns like Peter Schmeichel and Roy Keane – big, strong characters who made their presence known..
He’s more in the Denis Irwin type legend category.. silent but deadly and you only miss him when he’s not there. I know it doesn’t sound like a complement, but he’d be no.1 substitute in any side in the world. Not because he’s inferior to other strikers, but because his ability to change a game coming off the bench was unrivalled.
Normally when a sub comes on, it’s a desperate throw of the dice and you’re just trying to get a pair of fresh legs on.. With Solskjaer, you were bringing on someone who didn’t need time to adapt to the pace of the game.. he could come off the bench, have one touch of the ball and it would be the touch that gets a goal That’s pretty much what happenend in the Champions League Final..
He also kept his mouth shut despite the fact he wasn’t a regular starter. He loved the club and would sacrafice his own hapiness by doing whatever it took to keep Utd at the top. A model professional 😛