Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored some memorable goals during his time at Manchester United but there is one moment at the other end of the pitch that will go down in the club’s history forever.
Towards the end of the 1997/98 season, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils were in a tight race to the finish line, closely behind Premier League rivals Arsenal, managed by eventual longtime foe Arsene Wenger.
United were a point ahead of the London club when Kenny Dalglish’s Newcastle arrived at Old Trafford, although Wenger’s men still had two games in hand (Planet Football).
Newcastle striker Andreas Andersson gave the Magpies a shock early lead and, to make matters even worse, first-choice goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel picked up an injury. David Beckham equalised before the break but Ferguson’s side badly needed a win if they were to stave off the Gunners’ charge to the title.
In the closing stages of the game, the Magpies launched a counter-attack, leaving United’s defence and backup keeper Raimond Van Der Gouw badly exposed.
Rob Lee raced clear, only for Solskjaer to chase him down and make a cynical last-ditch tackle to bring the Englishman to the ground. Unsurprisingly, the Norwegian was sent off in a straightforward dismissal, although he admitted “he had to do it” after Becks walked over to console him (Bleacher Report).
While Solskjaer’s efforts sadly weren’t enough to stop Wenger from clinching the coveted trophy, it is fair to say many fans past and present will never forget his sacrifice.
Loads of supporters drooled over the “unbelievable” footage on Twitter, after @ManUnitedZone_ uploaded the iconic video, with one fan dubbing the manager as an “icon” and another adding he was one of the “best strikers ever”.
Scroll down through some of the best reactions below…
Omg my manager ❤️
— Bavith Henry (@BavithranH) May 11, 2020
Ole was a unbelievable striker
— ً (@UtdAidan) May 11, 2020
He always did and still does put the club before himself ❤️ pic.twitter.com/7C3yFf0RRt
— Hunain07 (@Hunain1878) May 11, 2020
I clapped him all the way until he was out of sight that day. What he did that day proved he has Utd in his DNA
— robert bolton (@bob55bolton) May 11, 2020
Probably my favourite ever tackle
— Kieran O’Grady (@Koggah) May 11, 2020
And people say all he did was score a tap in he was one of our best strikers ever
— dara kenny (@darakenny4) May 11, 2020
United fans, what is your favourite memory of the Baby-Faced Assassin in the Red Devils jersey? Join the discussion in the comments section!
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