Solskjaer and Keane were teammates at Old Trafford for 10 trophy-laden years, but despite all their successes, it is one that escaped their grasp which the former United skipper can’t let gO
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Roy Keane is still reminding him of a glaring miss almost two decades on.
The Manchester United boss enjoyed untold success for the club as a player, with Keane as his forever demanding captain
Often the preferred option from the bench, Solskjaer had a knack of finding the net when United needed it most – best evident from his last-ditch stoppage time winner in the 1999 Champions League final.
Yet even he admits it’s the ones that go begging that come back to haunt you, especially when Keane continues to ensure he never lets him forget his squandered chance back in 2002.
Asked by the official Man Utd website if there was anything from his playing career he would change, Solskjaer joked: “Well, when I look at some of those dodgy hairstyles, I would say: ‘Cut your hair more often!’
“But no, I’ve said it before in the interview, I don’t really look back, I don’t regret. You make decisions and you just have to deal with the consequences, so I’d probably say just be yourself again… I’m sat here, aren’t I? And I wouldn’t be any other place at the moment.
“So, I’d probably just do the same again… except score a goal against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002! That chance… about 10 minutes before full-time… that’s the moment in my career that I’ve thought about the most, that miss.
United were on the brink of another Champions League final having reached the last four against an unfancied Leverkusen side, who would go on to lose to Real Madrid.
Things could have been very different had Solskjaer capitalised on his opportunity to be the hero again when the scores were level in the second leg.
Instead he put his shot over the crossbar, with Leverkusen going through on away goals – and Keane has never let him live it down.
“Ask Roy Keane as well… he keeps mithering me every time we talk to each other,” Solskjaer added. “He reminds me of that chance but I just reply that for me it’s a good chance, but for him there was absolutely no chance he would have scored that or any other… but that bothers me, that chance.
“We drew 2-2 at home, and we would have gone to the final in Glasgow. And we would have won it as well.”
Solskjaer was speaking as the club marked his 25th anniversary of him signing back in 1996.
Since then, the 48-year-old has collected an impressive haul of six Premier League winners’ medals, including one as part of the illustrious treble in ’99.
However he is still to taste silverware as the Red Devils’ manager – something he will no doubt be desperate to put right in the forthcoming campaign following United’s near miss in the Europa League final last season.
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