Nottm Forest 1 Man Utd 8
Nottingham Forest 1 Manchester United 8, City Ground, English Premier League, February 6, 1999. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer notched up four goals in the 8-1 Premiership win over Nottingham Forest at City Ground. The Norwegian took the field as a late second half substitute for Dwight Yorke and immediately managed to make a strong impact on the match.
Manchester United went ahead when Trinidad and Tobago international Dwight Yorke converted a brilliant cross from Paul Scholes in the second minute of the fixture before Nottingham Forest defender Alan Rogers levelled the score for the hosts on six minutes, only for Andy Cole to put the visiting side back in the driving seat in the next minute. Following the restart, further goals from Cole and York sent Manchester United into a comfortable 4-1 advantage, but as the second period proceeded Sir Alex Ferguson decided to replace the latter with super substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the clock ticking over 70 minutes and after 80 minutes of play the floodgates really opened for United as Gary Neville sent the ball into the path of the prolific Norseman who tucked the ball into the back of the net from a few yards out. And eight minutes later, Solskjaer registered his second goal of the encounter after receiving the ball from midfield orchestrator David Beckham, making it 6-1 to the visitors. Manchester United continued to press and went further ahead when unselfish workhorse Jesper Blomqvist found the irrepressible Solskjaer whose volley flew past Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dave Beasant and into the net to complete his hat-trick. Always playing until the final whistle, Solskjaer then hit his fourth goal of the day in stoppage time when he side-footed the ball past Beasant to make the final score 8-1 in Manchester United´s favour. Nottingham Forest Team: Dave Beasant, Jon-Olav Hjelde, Craig Armstrong, John Harkes, Alan Rogers, Scot Gemmill, Andy Johnson, Carlton Palmer, Steve Stone, Jean Claude Darcheville, Pierre van Hooijdonk. Substitutes: Mark Crossley, Jesper Mattsson, Chris Bart-Williams, Hugo Porfírio, Dougie Freedman. Manchester United Team: Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Jaap Stam, Phil Neville, David Beckham, Jesper Blomqvist, Roy Keane, Andy Cole, Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke. Substitutes: Raimond van der Gouw, David May, John Curtis, Nicky Butt, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.