Mercato: when Solskjaer refused to recruit a player because of his haircut

In an interview with Sky Sports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals that he gave up on a rookie because of his hair choices. The Norwegian manager of Manchester United, who was then stationed at Molde, did not appreciate the Iroquois crest sported by the player he had targeted at the time.

Young Marek Hamsik might not have had the same career if all coaches thought like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In an interview with Sky Sports, the Manchester United boss made a rather astonishing revelation. The anecdote dates from his second stint on the bench for FK Molde, Norway, where he practiced twice between 2015 and 2018, before returning to the Red Devils. In search of reinforcement, the former attacker moves that day with one of the leaders of the recruitment cell.

The two men plan to go observe a player who seems promising to them. But supervision takes an unexpected turn. “When the player came out of the locker room and walked through the tunnel to the pitch, he had an Iroquois crest. I said to my scout, ‘Let’s go home, I’m not interested.’ This trip has been very short, ”says Solskjaer, who has never changed his style since his debut.

A cup worn by several football stars

The Iroquois crest (called “mohican” in Britain) is historically attributed to the Mohicans, a tribe of North American Indians. But it was popularized globally by the punk movement, which made it one of its symbols. This cut involves shaving the sides of the head and straightening the rest of the hair in the middle.

Hamsik, the former Slovenian captain of Napoli, who now plays for IFK Göteborg, wore it throughout his career. But other stars, such as Arturo Vidal, Radja Nainggolan, Stephan El Shaarawy or Mario Balotelli have tried it. Paul Pogba has also attempted similar cuts in the past. He now knows that his current trainer was not validating at all.


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