The memorable 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in February 2019 was a remarkable result of Soulsjer’s tenure and helped persuade the United ranks to hire a Norwegian on a full-time basis a month later.
The mood inside the camp was eased in December 2018 after Jose Mourinho was sacked and Soulszare brought back a good element in charge of his early temporary term.
It called many to make their appointment permanent, and those calls were loud after that unforgettable evening in the French capital.
The Red Devils were dead and buried after losing the Champions League first-leg tie 2–0 at home to PSG, but advanced to the quarter-finals on foreign goals after a dramatic stoppage-time penalty from Marcus Rashford.
Two clips have been repeated on social media since, including Neville’s post-match interview after the PSG victory and Ferdinand’s “Oles at the Wheel” comments on the analysis of BT Sport’s second leg tie.
“Ole Gunnar. The three quickest questions for you are: How long do you want in your contract? What do you want your salary to be? Where do you want the statue ?,” asked Neville Soulsjer in quotes published by GiveMeSport.
Meanwhile, Ferdinand added: “Man United may not thank me but he can pull out the deal, put it on the table, write the numbers he wants and sign the deal after he arrives.
“Ole is on the wheel, man. He’s doing his job. Man United is back. [*rubs hands*]”
Sadly, Man United has not returned. After Soldier’s permanent appointment in March, the Red Devils endured a disappointing season and finished sixth to lose the Champions League qualification the following season.
The 2019/20 season followed a more exciting third-place finish, but left United with three semi-final exits in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League.
The club went one step further and reached the Europa League final last season, defeated by Villarreal and finished second in the Premier League after Manchester City.
It is now too early for United to try to challenge high honors again.