Solskajer decides fate

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER came out of cold storage to become Manchester United's red-hot hero at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian hit-man has only made 10 starts this season but he needed just one chance to break Liverpool hearts in injury time and send them crashing out of the FA Cup and set up a fairytale fifth round tie against Kevin Keegan's Fulham.

Solskjaer was thrust into the action in the 80th minute and won the game with a strike which completely bamboozled keeper David James.

It was his 11th goal of the current campaign, but none will be as dramatic or as precious as this latest lethal strike.

The Norwegian striker looked to one corner to shoot and then cleverly put the ball into the other to break Liverpool hearts.

Even boss Alex Ferguson admitted he would have to stick his name on the team sheet more often.

Ferguson said: "He really meant to do it that way you know. I have just watched the video and he deliberately looked up at the far corner.

"The keeper bought it and then he shot for the near post. We will definitely have to give him more football. He will get plenty. Solskjaer is always capable of scoring like that."

Solskjaer struck the wonderful winner in injury time to send a 55,00 crowd wild.

Three minutes earlier Dwight Yorke had notched his 17th goal of the season to force a late dramatic equaliser.

A one-two combination that KO'd Liverpool after they had stormed into a second minute lead through Michael Owen. Fergie added: "They all really got stuck in. The game was played with great passion but also in the right spirit.

"You can't imagine it getting like it used to be in the days of Bryan Robson and Graeme Souness and Jimmy Case and Norman Whiteside. In those days it was a case of don't watch unless you make sure you're mother's by the TV with you.

"In the end I thought we deserved the win purely because we never gave in.

"Liverpool must be feeling gutted and they have every right to do so."

There was a black mood in the Liverpool camp as coach Gerard Houllier cursed their luck at conceding a free kick which resulted in United's equaliser.

Houllier said: "I thought the free kick decision was dubious. Jamie Redknapp didn't foul Ronny Johnsen and TV proved it."


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