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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The United legend recalls the atmosphere at Old Trafford for the Tottenham match in May 1999 - and talks about his special relationship with the fans...

It was a very strange atmosphere that day against Tottenham. Obviously our fans were cheering us on but I think Spurs also wanted us to win because they didn’t want Arsenal to win the league.


 
They scored the first goal from Les Ferdinand and then Becks [David Beckham] scored a great goal and even some Spurs fans were celebrating.

I remember the gaffer’s team talk at half-time. It's one of my outstanding memories because he said: "Don’t panic. We only need one goal and if there's 10 minutes to go and we haven’t scored then we'll just put Ole on."

Andy Cole scored in the first five minutes of the second half, we won the league and then the whole stadium celebrated, even the away supporters. So it was a strange day.

The fans at Old Trafford have always been great to me. I got fantastic support after the Panathinaikos game in 2003 when I knew I had to do something about the injury I suffered previously against Wolves.

The game against Norwich, when Alan Smith scored his first goal, was my first game back at OT before I had my major knee operation. I brought my dad and the supporters were singing my songs and I thought to myself that I want to play in front of them again. They gave me so much energy and determination to come back because it was quite a serious injury, but I was determined to play in front of them again. I wanted to score and be able to celebrate with them again – that happened against Celtic

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