Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his response to Gary Neville’s recent comments about him. In a podcast for Sky Sports last week, Neville revealed what he thought of Solskjaer when the Norwegian first signed for United in 1996. It is fair to say the former right-back was uncomplimentary with his comments about Solskjaer.
Neville claimed the former striker looked like a competition winner when he first walked into the dressing room at the club’s training ground and also mocked his attire.
But now Solskjaer has been given his chance to respond to Neville’s comments.
Earlier this week, the United manager was interviewed by Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves and Neville via video call.
Shreeves brought up Neville’s comments, saying: “Basically, he absolutely battered you from top to bottom.”
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To which Solskjaer quickly responded: “And then I battered him when we started playing football!
“Gaz is a guy you either love or hate.
“I’ve been sat next to him for 11 years in the dressing room and we’ve had some arguments and discussions but he always makes up with a kiss on the forehead, he does.
“When you score a goal that was the last thing you wanted, him to come up and kiss you.
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“But what a team-mate to have and I’m sure that we could have quite a few hours here talking about the fun moments we’ve had in the dressing room.
“But when I came there I was nervous of course but then Nicky Butt came, he was the first I met, Nicky just brought me down to the dressing room and they were all normal lads.
“And that’s the thing with footballers, we’re just normal lads, just good at kicking a ball some of us and some of us good at kicking ankles, like Gaz was.”
Speaking last week, Neville revealed his first impressions of Solskjaer after his arrival from Molde.
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“The one that stands out for me is the first time that Ole ever walked into the changing room at The Cliff in ’96, ’97, something like that,” Neville said.
“And honestly he walked in with what I can only describe as, think of a jumper from the 1970s in Yorkshire.
“Woolen, bubbly, you’re thinking ‘What’s this?’. Honestly, no word of a lie, I genuinely thought he must have won a competition like as a fan from Norway or something.
“He walked in, he looked about nine, he walked in and he was like [very] thin, he had this jumper on which, I always mention to him this jumper.”
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