Stunning Suarez hat-trick leads to angry Solskjaer Liverpool title quip

It seems a lifetime ago that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was attempting to save Cardiff City from relegation rather than being tasked with leading Manchester United to glory once more.

Yet on this day seven years ago the Norwegian manager was on the wrong end of a Luis Suarez masterclass as the Bluebirds fell to a dramatic 6-3 defeat against Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool.

And the normally cool Solskjaer was left far from impressed with one particular question from a reporter following the full-time whistle.

Going into the match at the Cardiff City Stadium the Reds were gunning for their first title since 1990, and were hot on the heels of league leaders Chelsea.

Cardiff, on the other hand, were struggling near the foot of the table, but were only three points off safety in a tightly contested scrap for survival.

But there was little they were able to do to prevent the visitors storming to a thrilling victory, with the likes of Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard at the peak of their powers.

The home side actually twice took a surprise lead in the match through goals from Jordon Mutch and Frazier Campbell.

But after Suarez levelled the opener and Martin Skrtel did likewise after Campbell's goal, those two players both got a second and Daniel Sturridge added a fifth before a late Mutch consolation and Suarez's treble.

The occasion saw the Uruguayan forward equal Robbie Fowler's 28-goal record for a Liverpool Premier League season, and he ended up with 31 for the campaign, winning the Golden Boot and Player of the Season award as a result.

Speaking at full-time, Solskjaer said: "[Suarez] is a top, top striker. He is on the move all the time. But for long periods, I thought we dealt well with him, especially in the first half."

Rodgers, meanwhile, added: "His determination, his desire, his will is at such a big level. He is a world-class player who is enjoying his football, and long may it continue."

Solskjaer, however, was far less impressed when asked about Liverpool's title prospects by Sky Sports, and was unable to hide his United allegiances by simply replying "I couldn't care less" and walking out of the interview.

Ultimately, neither side finished the season happy.

Liverpool memorably lost out on the title with 'that' Gerrard slip and the infamous 'Crystanbul' game, with Manchester City eventually pipping them to top spot by two points.

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It would be Suarez's final campaign, too, with the player moving on to Barcelona in July of that year.

Solskjaer, meanwhile, was unable to save Cardiff from relegation, and they ended up finishing bottom.

After a poor start to their Championship campaign the following season he left the club and returned to Norwegian side Molde as manager the year after.

And the rest, as they say, is history…

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