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Solskjaer reveals what he learned from his experience of 1999 final ahead of Villarreal meeting

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed what he learned from his experience of the 1999 Champions League final as Manchester United take on Villarreal in the Europa League final tomorrow.

Solskjaer scored arguably the most iconic goal in the Red Devils’ history after coming off the bench to net a stoppage-time winner against Bayern Munich to crown the club champions of Europe, with tomorrow’s final with Villarreal coming exactly 22 years since that match-winning moment.


The Norwegian now has the opportunity to win his first major trophy for United as a manager, as the club prepare for their meeting with the Spanish side in Gdańsk.

United are hoping to win the Europa League for a second time, with their most recent silverware success coming as part of a League Cup and Europa League double during the 2016/17 season.

Solskjaer has now opened up on his experience of participating in major finals ahead of the clash, insisting he will inform his squad that they all may have a part to play in the Red Devils’ bid for success.

“What did I learn? Trust your team, trust your gut instinct, I’ll tell the subs that aren’t starting that they might have to play a big part from us. It’s happened before,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference.

“Be disappointed, be angry with me, but be ready when you come, and whoever starts, make sure you enjoy it because you don’t play too many finals in your life.”

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