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Ex-Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally answers claims he supported Liverpool

Ex-Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally answers claims he supported Liverpool

Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he was a Liverpool fan growing up.

Solskjaer spent eleven years as a player at Old Trafford, where he won six Premier League championships, two FA Cups, and the Champions League.

In 1999, he scored the game-winning goal as United rallied to defeat Bayern Munich in the latter competition.

The Norwegian returned to the Red Devils as manager in 2018 for a three-year stint, guiding them to the Europa League final in 2021.

However, he was fired after a poor start to the previous season, and he has now risked the ire of United fans by revealing his childhood affection for Liverpool.

The Reds are one of United’s biggest rivals, and although Solskjaer is regarded as a club legend in Manchester, he grew up rooting for Liverpool.

He revealed that the strength of the Liverpool team when he was a child influenced his decision to support them.

“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,” Solskjaer told James Richardson’s Kings of Europe podcast.

“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.”

Solskjaer’s confession is a 180-degree turn from seven years ago, when he refused to comment on the veracity of rumors that he supported Liverpool. In 2016, his only admission was that he “bleeds red.”

“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,” he told FourFourTwo at the time.

“I was rooming with Jaap Stam: big lad. He was snoring as well so I couldn’t sleep in the afternoon. So I remember ringing my best mates, my best man in our wedding, asking him if he was going to watch the game, because something big was going to happen to me,” he added.

“I was only on the bench but you have to make sure that you watch the full game because this is going to be big. But he worked as a nurse so he was going to have a night shift.

“So, I asked him to get someone to step in for him for an hour so he can watch the full game because it was just one of these mental things that I had this feeling.”

Ex-Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally answers claims he supported Liverpool

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