Goal of the Day: Ole's hat-trick header

Wednesday 04 December 2019 02:00

Today's 'Goal of the Day' comes from our current boss and is the third of four that he struck against Everton in December 1999...

Date: 4th December 1999, Old Trafford, Premier League

Background: Straight after becoming England's first world champions with victory over Palmeiras in Japan, United resumed Premier League duties intent on keeping pace with table-topping Leeds United. Everton visited Old Trafford and took a shock early lead through Francis Jeffers, only for Denis Irwin’s penalty and an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brace to take the Reds into half-time in the ascendancy. After the interval, our Norwegian striker pounced again...

The goal: Just seven minutes into the second period, Irwin picked up possession on the left flank and swung a wicked delivery towards the penalty spot. Having found space behind Richard Dunne, Solskjaer stole in to glance a clinical header past Paul Gerrard’s outstretched glove and into the Stretford End goal. Ole, Ole, Ole!

What happened next: The Reds’ no.20 couldn’t stop scoring as he completed his quartet before the hour mark, pouncing on a loose ball to net his fourth goal and United’s fifth of the afternoon. Less than 10 months after his famous 11-minute four-goal haul as a substitute at Nottingham Forest, the Norwegian had done it once again.

Reaction: “Four goals – marvellous, he’s a wonderful finisher,” said Sir Alex Ferguson in his post-match interview. “I have a big selection problem now.”