“I look at that picture and I remember exactly what I was thinking,” he said. “‘You deserve this, after everything you’ve done for the club’. The only thing I could think about was how much Ferguson deserved this.”
Solskjaer has also reflected on how money has never been his motivator, rather the fear of disappointing.
“There are a lot of things I don’t have to do any more, I’ve got money enough to lie on the beach and relax for the rest of my life, but that would get boring pretty quickly,” he continued. “No, money does nothing for the inner drive. Money has made me comfortable in the sense that that part of my life is taken care of. But it’s never driven me. It’s the fear of disappointing myself that has driven me. Disappointing those around me. And Ferguson. The worst thing I knew was to disappoint Ferguson.”
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