Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he turned down chance to join Liverpool and Bayern Munich to join the Reds Devils as a player.
Solskjaer signed for United in 1996 and he has admitted a number of clubs were chasing for his signature. The Norwegian caught the eyes of many clubs during his stay at Molde where he netted a number of goals.
“The current United boss reveals he had interests from the Premier League, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, but United acted quickly and Solskjaer said they were the only choice he could have made.
“Were Liverpool and Bayern Munich in for me? Yes, [and] Cagliari, PSV and a couple of other teams. But I wouldn’t change history. There was only one choice. It was fantastic when the call came,” he said.
“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 for the next couple of days.
“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.”
The 47-year-old moved to the Red Devils for just £1.5m and went on to net 126 goals in 366 games for the club, eventually retiring in September 2007 due to an ongoing knee injury.