Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that during his time coaching in Norway, he once abandoned a scouting trip because of the player he had gone to watch had a mohawk.
Solskjaer, who was coaching Molde in his home country at the time, had gone to watch a prospective signing with a member of his recruiting staff, only to be turned down because of his haircut.
Given the fact that many prominent players, including Marek Hamsik and Arturo Vidal, as well as Solskjaer’s former United teammate David Beckham, had worn the mohawk throughout their careers, the manager saw it as a bad omen.
“I once went to see a player and when he came out of the locker room or into the tunnel into the pitch, he had a Mohican, this was when I was back in Norway,” he told Sky Sports.
“I just told my scout, ‘Let’s go home,’ because I’m not involved.” That was a fast scouting ride.”
Solskjaer, on the other hand, took an instant liking to Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes after seeing him shine for Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga.
Fernandes joined United in January 2020 and soon established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League, assisting Solskjaer’s team in securing a top-four spot.
Working closely with Fernandes is unique, according to his boss, because the playmaker’s vibrancy and determination to win is contagious and rubs off on those around him.