What did Ole teach Rooney and Ronaldo?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows more than most the impact an experienced player can have on youngsters out on the training pitch.

As manager of Manchester United, he’s brought in Edinson Cavani, one of the very best in Europe over the last decade or so.

The Uruguayan, while becoming a cult hero with Reds supporters himself, has clearly helped with the development of our forwards, including 19-year-old Mason Greenwood.

And that trend for passing on striking knowledge is something Ole has encouraged ever since signing for the club 25 years ago.

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As an older player towards the end of his career, he worked with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo as they transformed from exciting attacking prospects to two of the coldest, most feared finishers in world football.

After retiring with injury in 2007, the Norwegian worked on coaching our strikers during a season which ended in Premier League and Champions League glory.

While Solskjaer admits that he may have lacked some of the physical characteristics of Rooney and Ronaldo, he likes to think that some of his goalscoring lessons rubbed off.

Ole highlights one of his typical finishes and how he has been able to revel in watching his former team-mates replicate it over the years.

“I went into coaching as well, so I did try to teach them a few things,” said Ole.

“I think I’ve got more knowledge than most of making the most out of your opportunities. I was never the quickest, never the strongest or tallest, so I had to be clever.

“Every time when Wayne or Cristiano shifted the ball to the side and put it back through the legs of the defender, and the goalkeeper’s just stranded, I used to nudge my kids and say, 'Your dad’s taught them that!'

“Apart from that, I think you’ve got to ask the players. I think I led more by example. I wasn’t the vocal one who went round and tried to tell anyone, I wanted to show with my attitude and what I did, day in day out.”

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