Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on what he taught Cristiano Ronaldo.
Of the near 800 goals Cristiano Ronaldo has scored throughout his career, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is taking credit for at least some of them.
The Manchester United manager was present during Ronaldo’s formative days at Old Trafford, when the Portuguese superstar was still taking his first steps towards conquering the world of football.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coached Man United’s young stars.
Forced to retire through injury in the early part of the 2007/08 campaign, Solskjaer was tasked with coaching United’s forwards for the remainder of a season that would end in Premier League and Champions League glory.
The Norwegian has been reflecting on the period as part of an interview marking 25 years since he first signed for United as a player and he has highlighted how he helped the club’s young stars like Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney with their finishing.
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Cristiano and Wayne Rooney learned from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I went into coaching as well, so I did try to teach them a few things,” he says. “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!'”
Ronaldo: “Solskjaer is a fantastic guy.”
Solskjaer’s leadership qualities were enough for Alex Ferguson to name him captain on a few occasions and those characteristics have clearly helped him in his journey to the Old Trafford dugout.
On the pitch, Solskjaer was never a Roy Keane-type that would bark instructions at teammates, in contrast he preferred a quiet form of leadership, as he explains: “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.”
Ronaldo has previously spoken of his respect for Solskjaer, saying: “I look at Ole as a man, not just as a coach. He’s a fantastic guy and I have a great relationship with him.”