Nottm Forest 1 Man Utd 8

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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.


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