Humble Solskjaer Keeps United’s Feet on Ground
Twenty years ago Ole Gunnar Solskjaer late winner in the Champions League final broke Bayern Munich hearts and elevated the quiet Norwegian into the history books. While cementing a very special place in the hearts of Manchester United fans he now has what seems like an improbable job of overturning a 1-0 deficit at the very place where he made history back in May 1999.
Solskjaer prefers not to analyse the past heroics that made him a legend to the United support. Instead he maintains a calm focus ahead of his teams clash with the mighty Barcelona at the Nou Camp knowing that anything but their best will see them exiting the Champions league.
“Of course it’s a fantastic memory for me. It’s the only time I’ve been on the pitch, but I don’t really look back on that night too often.
“My job now is to make us play better than in the first game.
“I was a player back then. In football anything can happen at any time and we know that we can still be in this tie.
“It’s about the quality though. We need to defend well but going forward we need to score. If we keep a clean sheet, we can still be in the tie in the 93rd minute.”
The kind of positivity, optimism and irrefutable belief in his team is something that the United supporters clearly love about the Norwegian and the players should be upbeat and confident by the way they over turned a 2-0 deficit to a 3-1 win over in Paris in the last round.
“That memory from PSG will help the players, will help us as a team. We know we can turn things round.
“Of course Barcelona here at the Nou Camp is a difficult prospect but the memory from that night will live with the players”.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the 1999 Champions League final proved anything is possible in football but the Manchester United manager attempted to tone down its significance ahead of Tuesday night.
Solskjaer claimed a special place in the hearts of United supporters 20 years ago when his last-gasp strike against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp sealed an unforgettable treble.
The Norwegian returns to the ground on Tuesday night as his side bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.
With this kind of belief, in a team which has struggled at different points this season but have also showed the talents you would associate with a Manchester United team you would be a fool to discount United completely.