‘Who starts, enjoy it because you won’t get too many finals in your life’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells his Man United stars to seize the moment and become heroes with Europa League triumph in Gdansk
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given a rallying cry to his Manchester United team
- The Red Devils will take it on Wednesday evening in the Europa League final against Villarreal
- United are trying to win their first trophy since 2017’s Jose Mourinho era
- Solskjaer urged them to become heroes 22 years after his exploits in ’99
- He also hopes that Sir Alex Ferguson can be an inspiration to the Gdansk squad
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on his Manchester United players to become heroes in Gdansk – 22 years after the day after falling into Old Trafford folklore.
Solskjaer’s late winner as a substitute against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on May 26, 1999 is arguably the greatest goal in United’s history.
On Wednesday night, the 48-year-old will be drawing lots at Gdansk Stadium for that momentous occasion as he seeks to win his first trophy as United manager in the Europa League final against Villarreal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave his Man United team a rallying cry ahead of the Europa League final
United took the field in the Gdansk Arena for a final practice on Tuesday evening
“What I learned was: trust your team, trust your gut feeling,” said Solskjaer, who told a famous friend in Norway to tune in to the ’99 final because the United striker predicted something big would happen.
“I’ll tell the team and the substitutes that they might have to play a big part for us because it happened before. They may be disappointed and angry with me, but be ready when you come. Who starts, enjoy it, because you will not get too many finals in your life. ‘
Sir Alex Ferguson will provide a new link to the past after flying to Poland with the United squad.
Solskjaer lifts the Champions League after the final victory over Bayern Munich in 1999
Solskjaer was especially moved by his mentor’s new documentary Never Give In – a quote from Ferguson in the aftermath of United’s stunning victory at Nou Camp.
“Some of the players and staff went to see his documentary – or Jason’s documentary about his father – and I sat there thinking about what he did for the club,” added Solskjaer.
‘He is a special man. He’s like an encyclopedia of football, even though I gave him a quiz question this week. One of the players got the answer in front of him and I’m sure he’s not happy about that.
‘Just to have him on hand when we eat in the restaurant – I’m sure the players are wondering what to ask him and he’s always available for a chat because this is the club at his heart.
Solskjaer hopes Sir Alex Ferguson can be an inspiration to the squad, especially after seeing his new documentary ‘Never Give In’
“I owe most of my career to him and this club, so hopefully he will enjoy the evening.”
United captain Harry Maguire will miss the game after not recovering from damaged anklets in time.
Solskjaer said Maguire would have to participate in final practice at Gdansk Stadium on Tuesday-evening to have a chance to play, but the center-back could only watch from the sidelines.