Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he used to lie to Sir Alex Ferguson from time to time during his playing days.
Before taking up coaching and then eventually management, of course Solskjaer spent 11 years with United as a player.
The Norwegian made a total of 336 appearances for the club, helping them to win several Premier League titles and the Champions League, among other accolades.
However, it seems that Solskjaer may not have been in prime condition for plenty of those games, following his latest revelation.
While discussing how Marcus Rashford had played through a niggle to score against Granada on Thursday night, Solskjaer explained how he used to fib to Ferguson about his fitness.
“Marcus, fantastic goal,” he said. “Great pass by Victor, great run and the skill to bring the ball down like this, we’ve seen it a few times before, and it’s a top, top quality goal.
“It’s the same thing as before, he’s not recovered from it. Hopefully, it’s not got any worse from this. He lasted 60 or 70 against Brighton, 65 now, so hopefully he’s ready. I think he should be ready for Sunday.”
“Yeah, I probably did! I did a few times,” he said when asked if he ever told Ferguson he was fit even though he wasn’t.
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“It’s not like I couldn’t perform, but I probably knew I wasn’t at 100 per cent. But when are you at 100 per cent as a footballer? I think that’s very rare.
“Marcus, we know he’s someone we have to protect, but he was ready, and he was vital for us today.”
United head into the second leg of their Europa League quarter final with a two away goal advantage, meaning the tie is all but done.
And Solskjaer was delighted to see them pick up a late goal to ease the pressure on them going into next week’s game at Old Trafford.
“It was an important goal, the second one. A 1-0 lead, losing three players, is not a good position to be in,” he said.
“I don’t think we deserved those five yellow cards, but that’s happened. I’m delighted with the result, of course.
“[The second goal] is so vital away from home and we’ve created a good starting point for ourselves next week.”
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