Neville’s united legend also says that he will never forget what Solskjaer was wearing when he joined United, describing the Norwegian’s outfit as “a 1970s sweater”.
Red Devils manager Solskjaer was a fan favorite as a player and cemented his place in club history with one final winner in the 1999 Champions League final.
The triumph sealed a historic hat-trick for United – and now the former striker is trying to take the club back to the heyday of their glory under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Neville recalls that a 23-year-old Solskjaer appeared for the first time on United’s former training ground, The Cliff, looking nothing like a footballer.
“The one that stands out for me is the first time Ole enters The Cliff’s locker room in 1996, 1997, something like that,” said former right back Neville on Sky Sports’ Off Script podcast.
“And honestly, he came in with what I can only describe, think of a 1970s sweater in Yorkshire.
“Woolen, bobbly, you think‘ What’s this? “. Honestly, not a word of lie, I really thought he must have won a contest like as a fan of Norway or something.
“He came in, he was about nine years old, he came in and he was very thin, he was wearing this sweater, which I always mention to him. “
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But the man who became known as the “baby face murderer” quickly showed that appearances can be deceiving.
Neville added, “Then after about a week of training, I remember we were playing a little game and I don’t know if you remember Ole’s technique of scoring when he was in tight spaces .
“He would take it sideways, then push it back, bring it across your legs to the far corner and I think” He’s a little smarter than he looks “. “