Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to have gained an unlikely fan after guiding the club to the Europa League semi-finals.
The Red Devils sneaked a 1-0 win over Copenhagen and after the full-time whistle in Cologne, Solskjaer was greeted by the Danish side’s skipper Zeca – who was keen to thank him for the work he had done at Old Trafford.
United clinched the quarter-final victory in extra time thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ penalty, and despite Copenhagen being dumped out of the competition after a plucky display, their captain was quick to hold a bizarre conversation with the Norwegian.
Copenhagen’s Zeca to Solskjaer: “Thank you very much for everything you’re doing with Manchester United.”
Ole: “We’re trying to get it back. [Bruno]’s helping!” 😂#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/43AZTvQOS1
Zeca shakes hands with Solskjaer and pats him on the back while saying: ‘Thank you very much for everything you have done in Manchester.’
Solskjaer walks with the 31-year-old towards the touchline and replies: ‘We’re trying to get it back.’ He then points to match-winner Fernandes alongside him and says: ‘He is [Fernandes] helping, this boy is helping.’
Still in a complimentary mood, Zeca responded: ‘Yeah, this guy is amazing. He’s amazing.’
Greek international Zeca, who has been a United fan from an early age, has been with Copenhagen since 2017 and previously made 249 appearances for Panathinaikos in a six-year spell.
Before facing off against the Red Devils, he admitted his regret that he was not able to realise his ‘dream’ of playing at Old Trafford.
He told Danish outlet Bold: ‘United have been my favourite team since I was little. My dream was to play at Old Trafford, so it’s a bit of a shame that we play in Germany.’
United fans will certainly be pleased with the job Solskjaer has done, with the team finishing third in the Premier League to secure Champions League football next season despite making their worst start to a season in 30 years.
The former Cardiff boss found himself under severe pressure after a string of poor results early on in the 2019-20 campaign but inspired his players to a remarkable comeback.
He was able to get big performances out of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood and also guided his side to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
And after seeing off Copenhagen at the World-Cup style Europa League finals in Germany, United now face a semi-final against either Sevilla or fellow Premier League outfit Wolves.
Should they make their way past the winner of that tie, Solskjaer will have a chance to lift his first trophy with the club during the grand final on August 21.