Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Injured Himself During 1999 UCL Final Celebration
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he injured himself celebrating his dramatic stoppage time winner against Bayern Munich back in the 1999 Champions League final but admitted it was ‘worth it’.
On as a substitute, Solskjaer scored the most memorable goal of his career to complete a stunning late comeback for United and seal an unprecedented treble for English teams.
The image of the Norwegian knee-sliding across the Nou Camp turf will forever be etched in the minds of United fans but the celebration actually sidelined Solskjaer for a few weeks.
He says it wasn’t linked to the knee problem that led to his retirement in 2007 but it did rule him out of some international games.
“That’s not true. I did get injured and I did tweak my medial ligament,” Solskjaer told ESPN FC ahead of his return to the Camp Nou as United manager on Wednesday.
“It was nothing to do with my injury but I missed two or three weeks and a couple of internationals for Norway but it was worth it. The celebration was worth it.
“I’ve seen [the goal] so many times. I cannot remember exactly what I felt because I was so focused on my job. I think it was bigger for everyone else around. I just did my job as a striker, something I’d done so many times before.
“It was just being in the right position at the right time.”
Next month, United will commemorate the 20 year anniversary of their Champions League final win over Bayern Munich with a special legends match, which will mark Sir Alex Ferguson’s return to the Old Trafford dug-out.
The club have confirmed that David Beckham and Class of ’92 members Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville will be playing.
Swedish winger Jesper Blomqvist, Denis Irwin, Jaap Stam and Peter Schmeichel, arguably the club’s greatest ever goalkeeper, will also be back in United colours.
However, United’s current manager isn’t so thrilled about putting his boots back on because of the condition his knees are in.
“I am nowhere near fit,” he said in an interview with BBC Sport.
“The last time I tried it both my calves went bang. I am looking forward to it, and it will be great to see everyone again – but I am dreading it as well.”