What did intimidate the man from Sandefjord, however, was the "scary" experience of entering a United dressing room full of international stars. However, joining at the same time as compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and three other players, was a help.
"Karel [Poborsky], Jordi [Cruyff], Raimond [van der Gouw] came, and Ole. I'd played with Ole in the national team as well, so we knew each other from there.
“The first time I played Ole, I played for Lillestrom. At that time, it was probably one of the best teams in Norway – they had a really good team – and we were going to play Molde. At that time, Molde did really well as well. They had the three 'S's' up front – it was Solskjaer, [Arild] Stavrum and [Ole Bjorn] Sundgot. They were scoring a lot of goals, quite surprisingly, and I was like: 'Who is this? Come on – you're going to get it now!'
“We played them and, oh my God... Ole scored as well. They were so good playing together, these three guys, and the whole team as well. I don't remember the result, but I remember Ole was scoring, so I was surprised. We played in the national team after and you saw his abilities and qualities.”