Despite the nerves, Solskjaer was an instant hit at training – amid some gentle ribbing from the rest of the first team.
"When I first came, Nicky Butt's the first one I meet on the car park at the Cliff. 'Nice to meet you'... and he brought me down to the dressing room. You're nervous, but you realise quickly that they're normal lads, [who are] just good at playing football. I think they had a laugh at my expense, the boys, because I've got to be honest, I didn't look like I was a ready-made Man United player! I had youthful looks.
“I felt it [at home] straight away in training. I love training. I scored a few goals in training. I played this first game in the Reserves at Oldham, [at] Boundark Park. I scored two in that one. The first team played Everton, two each – big Dunc [Duncan Ferguson] scored two.
“So I listen to this and then Coley gets his unfortunate injury, so the next game I'm in, as a sub, and I score after six minutes! Since then, I think the fans just liked the way that I gave everything. I wasn't the most talented, not the most skilful, but I could score goals and I ran and I tackled.”