Ole Gunnar Solskjaer comes out in a cold sweat when he recalls the day and almost joined Tottenham.
It was the summer of 1998 – less than 12 months before his historic Champions League-winning moment in Barcelona against Bayern Munich.
Manchester United and Spurs had agreed to £ 5.5million fee for the Norwegian striker, who had forged an Old Trafford reputation as a super-sub who scored crucial goals.
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Spurs, who ironically had sold Teddy Sheringham to United a year earlier, were offering Solskjaer regular first-team football instead.
"Martin Edwards [United chairman] and Alan Sugar [Spurs chairman] had agreed upon the fee, "recalled now interim" United boss Solskjaer, before Sunday's game against Tottenham at Wembley.
"But the gaffer, Sir Alex Ferguson, called me into his office and said I would end up playing enough football.
"That was enough for me. I did not really want to go, even though my agent said In the end, he said that he had never met anyone as stubborn as me.
"But you can see that I was right – I normally am!"
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Sir Alex, has been to Carrington, United's training HQ, to see Solskjaer and the squad. He also has a regular telephone conversation with the Norwegian, who is keen to recreate the "Fergie spirit".
Solskjaer recalled of his playing days: "At Carrington, we worked our b ****** s off, but never felt it was work. The gaffer always wanted to express ourselves. He had also created an environment with immediate justice.
"From 2000 onwards, I started to make notes of those sessions that we did, and I'm still using them now."
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