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Solskjaer was fuming with Jaap Stam before scoring Champions League winner

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joked about how he was fuming with team mate Jaap Stam before the 1999 Champions League final.

Man United famously beat Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp with two injury time goals from Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham.

Both players had come on as substitutes with Sir Alex Ferguson's side 1-0 behind as a result of Mario Basler's early goal.

Sheringham found the equaliser in the 91st minute after he connected with Ryan Giggs' weak effort from outside the box.

Before Solskjaer completed the turnaround in the 93rd minute when he flicked out a leg to turn home Sheringham's header.

Victory provided United with the third leg of their historic treble which also included the Premier League and the FA Cup.

But Solskjaer, who was nicknamed the baby-faced assassin, was more po-faced in the run up to the final.

The current Man United boss revealed how he couldn't get any sleep before the match because of Jaap Stam's loud snoring.

He told the Daily Mail: "I couldn't sleep in the afternoon because Jaap Stam was snoring so loudly in the next bed."

Stam's snoring allowed Solskjaer the opportunity to phone his best friend who was back home working in a Norwegian hospital.

And the striker explained to his best pal how he though it was going to be a special night for United in Barcelona.

"I phoned my best friend who worked in a hospital in Norway to check if he would be watching on TV", Solskjaer explained.

"He said he had to leave 15 minutes before the end because he was working nights, but I told him to get someone to fill in, to watch right to the end.

"I had this feeling something big was going to happen to me. It's hard to explain. I just had a premonition I was going to do something that night."

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