Twenty years ago United and Spurs had agreed a £5.5million fee for the Norwegian striker, who had forged an Old Trafford reputation as a super-sub who scored crucial goals.
“Martin Edwards [United chairman] and Alan Sugar [Spurs chairman] had agreed the fee," recalled now interim United boss Solskjaer, before Sunday's game against Tottenham at Wembley.
“But the gaffer, Sir Alex Ferguson, called me into his office and said that he didn't really want to let me go because, if I stayed, I would end up playing enough football.
“That was enough for me. I didn't really want to go, even though my agent said I should. In the end, he said that he had never met anyone as stubborn as me.
“But you can see that I was right — I normally am!"