Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a witty response to Liverpool-supporting journalist in 2013


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is Manchester United through and through.

Don't believe us? Well, the fondly named 'Baby-faced assassin' spent all but two years of his professional career at Old Trafford, scoring 126 goals and winning 12 major honours along the way.

Above everything else, though, he will be remembered for his remarkable winner in the 1999 Champions League final, which endures as one of the greatest comebacks in all of sport.

And now, the United fairytale has continued with Solskjaer making a heroic return to his favourite club as interim manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week.

Although Solskjaer has only received the job on a temporary basis, it presents a brilliant opportunity for him to write a new chapter in his United folklore before the season is out.

Solskjaer's love for Man Utd

It's certainly started in a promising manner - bagging a 5-1 win over Cardiff City - but his managerial credentials will be truly tested in games against the top six.

One of them will inevitably prove Liverpool and on February 24, Solskjaer will have the opportunity to outshine Mourinho who was sacked after his own clash with the Reds.

And one thing Solskjaer won't struggle to do when they next meet is fire up his players, with the interim boss more than aware of the club's rival.


Brilliant story with Liverpool fan

Just in cause you doubt us, take a look at this story from Liverpool-supporting journalist JJ Devaney from 2013, it's really quite something.

"I went up and there were a few journalists gathered around," Devaney informed the Caught Offside podcast.

"You know me in social situations - shameless and straight to the point - so I stuck out my hand and I said, 'Ole, I'm delighted to meet you'.

"And he fixed me with those blue eyes and they are kind of piercing and he does look younger than the age he actually is.

"So I shook hands with him and said, 'Listen I thought you were a fantastic player, brilliant player, and even though I'm a Liverpool fan I just wanted to shake your hand.'

"You would think that's really nice. He didn't move a muscle in that face. His eyes fixed on me and he said, straight up, with no jocularity: 'If I'd known you were a Liverpool fan, I wouldn't have shaken your hand.'"

United through and through? Yeh, we weren't lying.

The best thing about the story is that Devaney insists Solskjaer wasn't joking, transforming an amusing comment into a genuine display of rivalry between the two clubs.

Danny Murphy of Liverpool and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United

United and Liverpool have been involved in some dramatic encounters along the years and Solskjaer is more than aware of how serious some of those clashes became.

So, if Solskjaer isn't even willing to shake hands with a Liverpool fan, you can bet he'll send out his players to exact revenge for that defeat on Merseyside.

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