In a recent podcast appearance, former Manchester United player and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed rumours that he supported Liverpool growing up.
The Norwegian will go down in history as one of United’s greatest ever signings. After missing out on Alan Shearer in the summer of 1996, Sir Alex Ferguson brought the relatively unknown striker to Old Trafford for £1.5 million from Molde.
He would soon prove to be an absolute steal, scoring 18 goals in 33 Premier League games in his first season.
Solskjaer, of course, would go on to score one of the most important goals in Manchester United history – that last minute goal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final – and went on to play 366 games for the club.
Back in 2016, when he was managing former club Molde, the ‘baby-faced assassin’ would play down rumours that he supported United’s greatest rivals Liverpool as a kid.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, he said: “You learn as long as you live, that’s the only answer I can give you. I never confirm that one! I’m a Manchester United fan through and through. I bleed red.”
But seven years later, the 49-year-old was asked about the rumour again while appearing on James Richardson’s Kings of Europe podcast and his answer was, well, rather different.
After being asked about Liverpool, he said: “I must have been environmentally damaged because when you follow football, we had Match of the Day on every Saturday in Norway and of course, Liverpool were the better team in the 80s.
“They had Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and all of those, so yes I followed Liverpool. I was one of the supporters who followed because they won everything.
“Hard enough to say as a Man United player but they were the better team in the 80s.”
Image credit: AlamySolskjaer, who returned to his homeland last year after nearly three years as United manager, hasn’t spoken to any English media in over a year but is keen on a return to management.
In fact, according to Norwegian publication VG, Solskjaer managed Kristiansund U14s team, who his son Elijah plays for, and led the team to victory alongside manager Per Magne Hals.
He spoke about the importance of family during his farewell interview with United.
“I’ll spend some time with my family,” he said. “It’s been probably the most difficult part during the pandemic – with Norway being open and here being closed – my family moved back to Norway and the young one, he loves it back there. We’ve lived apart.”