Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Liverpool tried to sign him before he made the move to Manchester United in 1996.
The Norwegian went on to become a club legend at Old Trafford and is remembered most fondly for his winning goal in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
He scored 126 in 366 games for the Red Devils over an 11 season period and now of course manages the 13-time Premier League champions.
The striker made his name at Norwegian side Molde and his success there led him to be linked to several clubs, as well as United.
Solskjaer has admitted that one of those clubs was their arch rivals Liverpool but insists there was only ever one club he was going to sign for.
“Were Liverpool and Bayern Munich in for me? Yes, [and] Cagliari, PSV and a couple of other teams,” he told United’s official website.
“But I wouldn’t change the history. There was only one choice. It was fantastic when the call came.
“The owners of Molde asked me to come to the office. ‘We’ve got this offer – do you fancy it?’ Yeah, okay. They were going to go on holiday the next couple of days.
“[Former United chairman] Martin Edwards was going to go on holiday as well, so we had to come in the next day. Their private jet was down by some fault, so they booked and rented another private jet just to fly me over.
“I was nervous [before meeting Alex Ferguson], because you’re afraid that you’re going to say something daft and he’s going to have a wrong first impression. I knew he’d not seen me play a game, so it was an important meeting for me.
“It was just me. We had fish and chips at Old Trafford, in the restaurant back there, and it was maybe half an hour or 45 minutes. He said: ‘Use the first six months in the Reserves, then after Christmas maybe we can integrate you into the first-team squad.’
“They were just negotiating the deal inside Old Trafford, and they were giving me a tour. The tour guide just asked me [why I was here] and I said ‘I’m here to sign a contract!’
“He actually gave me his pen to sign the contract with! It was a proud moment for him as well, I think.”
Solskjaer has endured a topsy-turvy time so far as manager of United but looked to be turning things around up until the coronavirus outbreak meant all matches were postponed.
As things stand the team are chasing fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League as they eye a coveted Champions League spot.