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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Reveals Trick He Taught Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney at Man Utd

Ali Shibil Roshan
Ronaldo and Solskjaer were teammates at Man Utd
Ronaldo and Solskjaer were teammates at Man Utd / PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he taught his former teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney some tricks in the training, which they have replicated over the years.

Solskjaer was a Man United player for 11 years between 1996 and 2007, and Ronaldo, who joined Red Devils in 2003, and Rooney, who arrived at the side in 2004, were his teammates for few years.

After announcing his retirement from professional football in August 2007, Solskjaer coached the strikers on the Man Utd first team for the remainder of the 2007/08 season, before taking over the club's reserves in 2008.

Solskjaer says he did try to teach Ronaldo and Rooney 'a few things', and revealed when the two players pulled off a particular skill, he would tell his children he has 'taught them that'.

“I went into coaching as well, so I did try to teach them a few things,” Ole told Man Utd's official website.

“I think I’ve got more knowledge than most of making the most out of your opportunities. I was never the quickest, never the strongest or tallest, so I had to be clever.

“Every time when Wayne or Cristiano shifted the ball to the side and put it back through the legs of the defender, and the goalkeeper’s just stranded, I used to nudge my kids and say, 'Your dad’s taught them that!'

“Apart from that, I think you’ve got to ask the players. I think I led more by example. I wasn’t the vocal one who went round and tried to tell anyone, I wanted to show with my attitude and what I did, day in day out.”