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Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Where Sir Alex and I differ on finishing

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he and Sir Alex Ferguson disagree over the talent of a goalscorer.

The Norwegian played under Sir Alex for 11 seasons, often as a super sub striker, and now occupies the United coaching great's prestigious place in the Old Trafford dugout.

Discussing his shooting ability on the High Performance Podcast, Solskjaer said: “I think it was just in me, I was so keen watching football, I saw goals being scored, I saw keepers making saves, and thought, 'but there's an opening there, if you hit it top corner or bottom corner, he's got no chance'.

Solskjaer continued: “I still believe there's no such thing as a good save. It's just a bad finish.

“So many times, Sir Alex – and it used to bug me big time in training – would shout, 'hit the target, make the goalkeeper make a mistake', when I missed the target.

“But as soon as the ball left my foot I knew if it was a good finish or a bad finish. And if you just hit the post and (the ball goes) out, I knew that just a slight millimetre to the left or the right on my boot would make that ball go in."

Solskjaer said he didn't dare openly disagree with the fiery Scotsman but he nevertheless stuck to his instincts on matchday.

He explained: “So quietly in my mind I said (to Ferguson), 'shut up, you. I know what I'm doing, and that will go in on Saturday'.

“I truly believe it was always down to me, that finish. My teammates were so much better, I created chances by my movements. I knew David Beckham would put the cross in and I was ready to finish."

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