‘I lived next to Sir Alex Ferguson – I was scared of saying something stupid’

Imaging having to drive your boss home from work after a bad day at the office. Now imagine your boss is Sir Alex Ferguson … yikes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was regularly subjected to this grim fate after away matches when he was a player due to the excruciating fact he lived next door to the legendary Scot.

Solskjaer, who played over 350 times for Manchester United, admitted he was "s*** scared" of saying the wrong thing on their rides home which, considering Ferguson's notoriously hot head, must have been pretty hard not to do.

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When asked during 'An Evening with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer' last week what it was like being Fergie's neighbour, the Norwegian replied: "Horrible."

He continued: "Imagine the away games, when you lose, and he asks for a ride home. You’ve got to take him. But you’re s*** scared of saying something stupid."

Ferguson had such a domineeringly dictatorial grip of the club that popping round for a bowl of sugar was a definite no-no, but Solskjaer had a pretty good relationship with him all things considered (scoring a last-minute winner in the Champions League final will do that).

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During the event, which took place at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Solskjaer revealed Ferguson had the good grace to call him and apologise after criticising his decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench during a 1-1 draw with Everton back in 2021.

"That’s the one time Sir Alex has ever apologised to me," the 50-year-old said. "He rang me and apologised because he knows how difficult it is. I’m clever enough to stay away. It’s difficult enough to be the manager of Manchester United without the ex-managers trying to give you advice."

Solskjaer spent 11 years as a player at Old Trafford between 1996 and 2007, winning 10 major trophies. He formed a vital part of Ferguson's title-hoarding side primarily as an impact sub, netting 91 league goals in just 151 starts.


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