Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opens up on snubbing Liverpool move and opting for Man United in 1996
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed Liverpool attempted to sign him back in 1996.
On the cusp of signing for United, the Norwegian has said the Reds as well as Bayern Munich were interested in acquiring him from Molde.
But Solskjaer, who would go on to become a club legend at Old Trafford scoring 126 times, has now revealed the reason he snubbed a potential move to Anfield.
He told United’s official website: Were Liverpool and Bayern Munich in for me? Yes, [and] Cagliari, PSV and a couple of other teams.
“But I wouldn’t change the history. There was only one choice. It was fantastic when the call came.
The owners of Molde asked me to come to the office. ‘We’ve got this offer do you fancy it?’ Yeah, okay. They were going to go on holiday the next couple of days.
“[Former United chairman] Martin Edwards was going to go on holiday as well, so we had to come in the next day. Their private jet was down by some fault, so they booked and rented another private jet just to fly me over.
“I was nervous [before meeting Alex Ferguson], because you’re afraid that you’re going to say something daft and he’s going to have a wrong first impression. I knew he’d not seen me play a game, so it was an important meeting for me.
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It was just me. We had fish and chips at Old Trafford, in the restaurant back there, and it was maybe half an hour or 45 minutes. He said: ‘Use the first six months in the Reserves, then after Christmas maybe we can integrate you into the first-team squad.’
They were just negotiating the deal inside Old Trafford, and they were giving me a tour. The tour guide just asked me [why I was here] and I said ‘I’m here to sign a contract!’
“He actually gave me his pen to sign the contract with! It was a proud moment for him as well, I think.