Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s testimonial against Espanyol on Saturday will be a heartfelt tribute to a true legend. Reds Reserves midfielder and fellow Norwegian, Magnus Eikrem, explains why he’ll be among a fervent Old Trafford support…
I remember the week before the Champions League final in 1999, I was playing football with my friends in Norway, pretending to be Ole scoring the winning goal... then, of course, he went and did it. Everyone in Norway was so proud. It was a big day for Norway, not just United. Mention the Champions League in my country and most people think of Ole.
My family and friends are over for the game on Saturday, so expect plenty of Norwegians in Manchester!
Ole is the best Norwegian footballer there has ever been. He's admired not just for what he does on the pitch, but also the work he does off it, something not all footballers do. You could go around Norway and you wouldn't find anyone with a bad word to say about Ole.
He's inspired me a lot. He was a young player from a small town in Norway, like myself, and suddenly he's playing in the Premier League and scoring all those goals for United. As a young Norwegian that gave me hope that I could make it. Then I was lucky enough to go to Ole's Academy in Norway, which is where I was spotted for United. I was so nervous when I first met him, but he’s great with you.
When I first came to United I met Ole almost every day and he gave me plenty of advice. As a coach, he's not been too hard on us just yet, but I'm sure he will be! He's got a bit of Sir Alex about him! All the players have great respect for him and we know he'll do what's best for us. That’s why I’m sure he’ll be as good a coach as he was a player.