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Weymouth boy named after Manchester United legend is match mascot
HE was named after a man who gained football immortality by winning the Champions League for Manchester United against Bayern Munich.
Now little Ole Gunnar Underhay, nine, followed in the footsteps of the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by taking to the pitch as United lined up against the German giants again.
The Radipole School pupil was chosen as a mascot for the Champions League clash between United and Bayern in a re-match of the 1999 final in which Solskjaer scored the winning goal.
Ole Gunnar told the Echo that walking out on to the pitch was an ‘unbelievable experience’.
He said: “I was so excited and my friends were really jealous, I still can’t really believe it.
“It was something I will never forget, and it was great going there with my dad.”
Ole Gunnar’s dad Martin was a striker for Weymouth FC and was at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to watch his son stride out with Bayern’s left back David Alaba.
The youngster plays for Weymouth FC Youth Under-10s and will now be dreaming of emulating his Manchester United heroes.
Martin, who is now a football referee and lives in Lodmoor, said: “He was chosen to walk out with the Munich players and be with the players on the Old Trafford pitch as the famous Champions League music rang out.
“It was amazing with the enormous noise and electric atmosphere inside the 75,000 sell out stadium.”
Ole Gunnar’s mum, Sarah Underhay, said she was so excited seeing her son walk out on the pitch while watching it on TV at home with three-year-old son Harry. She added: “As soon as we got the call about it and told Ole Gunnar he hasn’t been able to sleep because he has been so thrilled.”
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