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"'This is going to be one of the greatest goals I've ever seen,' I had time to think, only for the shot to bounce back off the woodwork. Whilst still ruing how unlucky this was and, in many respects, marveling at the skill of Giggs, one man was not taking time to ponder such matters."

- ManUtd.com's Adam Marshall

28/01/2014 17:05, Report by Adam Marshall
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Blog: Ole a true assassin

ManUtd.com's

Adam Marshall

 thinks one goal in particular summed up the goalscoring instincts of Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who returns to Old Trafford with his new team on Tuesday night..

Ask anybody for their abiding memories of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they will surely recall the unforgettable toe-poke at Camp Nou in 1999. Watching the goal again or listening to the commentary will forever make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

Yet, bizarrely, I was not even aware the Norwegian had scored the winner against Bayern Munich for a good 10 minutes. As we still celebrated Teddy Sheringham's equaliser behind the goal in Barcelona, I saw the former Tottenham striker head David Beckham's corner goalwards. 

I'm not entirely sure what happened next other than I was swept off my feet again while catching a glimpse of the ball nestling in the back of the net. When the final whistle sounded, I thought Sheringham was the hero after scoring twice to complete the most dramatic comeback in European football history.

Perhaps that is why whenever I think of Ole, my mind goes back to another of his strikes. One that did not matter too much in the wider scheme of things, and could certainly never compare to his oft-repeated Treble-winning heroics.

Around 18 months later, the Reds faced Charlton at The Valley and it proved a frustrating affair with the Addicks netting two late goals to pinch a point from a 3-3 draw. However, it contained one moment that perfectly summed up the nature of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the predatory centre-forward.

Ryan Giggs, who had already got on the scoresheet, launched the most spectacular of efforts from a couple of yards inside the Londoners' half with his trusty left foot and the ball looped over the stranded Dean Kiely and towards the net. 

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