Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on his Manchester United matchwinner Bruno Fernandes in a post-match chat with the Copenhagen captain Zeca which was caught on camera, and joked that he only gets "angry" when he brings him off.
Fernandes scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as United edged out the determined Danes 1-0 in extra-time of their Europa League quarter-final tie in Cologne on Monday evening.
The Portuguese fired home from the penalty spot after Anthony Martial went down in the penalty area in the first half of extra-time, with the spot-kick leaving the otherwise flawless Copenhagen goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson with no chance.
The Danes did often have to rely on their goalkeeper to frustrate United throughout the evening, but their performance did win some plaudits, not least from Solskjaer himself.
The United boss – who was a former Norway teammate of Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken – approached Zeca and Fernandes as they chatted post-match.
The Copenhagen skipper was born in Portugal but plays his international football for Greece, having qualified for citizenship during his six years playing for Panathinaikos.
And it seems as though he has a soft spot for United judging by the conversation he had with Solskjaer, which was picked up by the camera microphones in the empty stadium.
The chat in full went:
Zeca: "Thank you very much for everything you have done in Manchester United."
Solskjaer: "Oh, we are trying to get it back. We're trying. He's helping [gestures to Fernandes].
Zeca: "He's an amazing player."
Solskjaer: "This boy is helping! He's a little bit angry when I take him off."
Zeca: "I was a little bit angry that you didn't take him [sign him] before."
Solskjaer: "He was giving you the ball all the time!"
Zeca: "Even though Sporting is my team."
Solskjaer: "You can get his shirt maybe. Thank you. Well done, all the best."
Zeca: "All the best. Take care."
Solskjaer: "Look after Stale!"
United will face either Wolves or Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals on Sunday evening.
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