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Thanks for best night of my life
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed how a winning goal in a Champions League final can change your life. And if it does not change yours, it sure changes the lives of everyone who was there to witness it. Solskjaer will live forever in Manchester United legend for his injury-time strike against Bayner Munich in 1999. If he ever forgets about it for a minute, there are plenty of people around to remind him about the most famous toe-poke in history. Solskjaer said: “Most of the people I meet mention the night in Barcelona and give me the thumbs up, saying, ‘Thanks for giving me the best night of my life – but please don’t tell my wife!’. “I didn’t realise it at the time. I just played a game, won a game. You’re just so focused when you’re in the middle of it.”
Neil Custis, The Sun
Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying United will be very worried about the Blues on Wednesday. Cole says the Reds are well aware of how strong the Chelsea squad is and insists the Londoners know how to win big matches.
Meanwhile, The Mirror claim Darren Fletcher is fearful of Sir Alex’s team selection for Wednesday night, with the Scot quoted as saying: “You do dread it [being left out] because it means you’re not involved in the final of the biggest club competition in the world.”
Like many United fans, The Metro can’t understand why Michael Carrick isn’t featuring in England manager Fabio Capello’s plans. The paper describes him as “one of the finest long passers in world football”, yet Carrick was not named in Capello’s latest England squad.