How Solskjaer Reacted When Man United Agreed To Sell Him To Tottenham

Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer salutes the fans after the match.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned some Manchester United players against pursuing transfers elsewhere.

Two of the Red Devils’ very best players, viz. David De Gea and Anthony Martial, have been reluctant to sign contract extensions at Old Trafford for quite some time. If new deals aren’t penned down soon, the duo will be free to seek new pastures.

While their futures remain in doubt, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned them to make their decisions wisely, as they won’t find too many clubs as good as Manchester United out there.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Bournemouth game, Ole stated: “I know the club wants them to sign, of course, because they are top quality players.

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“It’s down to the players, but when you’re at Man United there isn’t a lot of greener grass on the other side. You are at the best place. It’s the biggest club in the world.”

The Norwegian further cited a personal example, admitting how he turned down a chance to join Tottenham Hotspur back in 1998 in order to stay put at the Theatre of Dreams.

“If you are a regular at Manchester United, I think you should grasp the opportunity to stay here and become part of the history,” he added.

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“I had loads of offers and possibilities to move but the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] sat me down and told me I was going to be an important part of his team, his squad, and I was going to play enough games. I felt privileged to play here.

“I am also stubborn. The club agreed to sell me to Spurs one time and I said, ‘No, thank you’. My agent wanted me to go but I knew I was at the best place. I wasn’t sure the grass was greener somewhere else.

“I had a period when I wasn’t playing. I would get angry. Then he [Ferguson] would put me in the team and I would feel a big part of it and important. But we’re not talking about squad players now – we are talking about top players.”

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