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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solkjaer
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The player knicknamed "the baby faced assassin" did indeed possess a youth full appearance but it was the killer instinct that was more apt. Probably one of the most lethal and natural goalscorers in recent times, Ole in his prime killed off many a game.

Ole will long be remember for the winning goal in Barcelona by all United fans and by those that watched him regulary during the 1990's he will always be a hero. Up there with the best of them. But Ole very nearly didnt come to United at all.

United were chasing Alan Shearer and when he joined Blackburn Rovers instead, Sir Alex turned his attention to the unknown Norwiegen.

Ole joined United from Molde for £1.5 million. In his debut game he scored a memorable late equalizer against, of all clubs, Shearer's Blackburn.

Ole was probably best used in a super-sub role and he supped up that tag in 1998 when he came on with less than 20 minutes remaining and scored 4 inside 12 minutes against Forest.

His loyalty to the club and United fans was tested on many occasion as he was never a first choice striker in a star studded and successful team. The super-sub tag worn with distinction may have been a weight around his neck yet the smile never faided on his face. Spurs amonst others tried to prize him away yet, bouyed by the fans and the support of Alex Ferguson, the Assassin stayed and waited his time.

His time seemed to come in 2002 with the departures of Yorke and Cole and Sheringham yet injury was to rob him of his chance. Serious knee ligament damage, that was to be operated on 4 times, killed that hope but not his smile. Ole would continue to fight the knife and regain his place in the team.

Sadly that was not to be and despite 3 comebacks he never regained his early career touch, pace or place in the team and after a 5th breakdown he announced his retirement from playing football on August 27th 2007.

Ole was probably one of the most intelligent players with and without the ball. He seemed to know where to be and where to place it long before the ball arrived. He hardly ever smashed a ball into the net with most of his goals, placed, curled or stroked home with apparent ease and fluidity.

There is no doubt in this authors mind that an injury free Solskjaer played reguarly in his prime from 1998 to 2004 would have broken some records and, just perhaps, rivalled Denis Law for the title of King goalscorer. His finishing and postional sense was THAT good.

Ole has been working in the United academy and towards his coaching badges for the past 12 months and it is sure we will see this likable, lovable player - a lovely man - working with United behind the scenes for some time to come.

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Ole was born in Kristiansund, Norway on February 26, 1973.



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Re: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:34 pm

Manchester United debut
When Alex Ferguson failed to sign Alan Shearer, he settled for this then-unknown Norwegian striker. Solskjær had scored 31 goals in 42 matches for Molde in the Norwegian Premier League, and he did not disappoint at the start of his United career, scoring six minutes into his debut as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers in the Premiership in the 1996-97 season.

Solskjær scored 18 Premiership goals for United in his first season, helping United win the title in the last weeks of the season. The British media nicknamed him the "Baby-Faced Assassin" because of his youthful looks and his deadly finishing. He will perhaps be best remembered as a "super-sub", having earned wide acclaim for a remarkable habit of coming into matches late on as a substitute and scoring vital goals. Alex Ferguson remarked that Solskjær has a knack of sitting on the bench and studying the game without taking his eye off the action. One of his most impressive feats was coming off the bench to score four goals in the last twelve minutes of United's 8-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest.


[edit] Peak of career
Solskjær enjoyed life at Old Trafford and decided to stay even though a number of other clubs showed interest in the player in 1998, including Tottenham Hotspur, with an offer of £5.5 million. United fans were eternally grateful, as the slightly-built Norwegian went on to score the winning goal in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, helping the team secure the astonishing Treble and cementing his own place in the United folklore. These feats, as well as his likeable demeanour, made him a firm favourite among the United supporters, inspiring songs such as "Who Put the Ball in the Germans' Net?" and "You Are My Solskjær". Although he had been absent on the pitch for a long time due to injury, United fans still fill matches with chants sung in Solskjær's honour.

After a few years of playing in the role of super-sub, Solskjær got a chance as a starter in the 2001-02 season, paired up with striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. He took the opportunity with characteristic incisiveness, forcing Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke onto the bench.

By 2002-03, after both Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke had left Old Trafford, Solskjær had only Diego Forlán to compete with for a place in the starting line-up. Still, Ferguson's persistence in playing Ruud van Nistelrooy up front as a lone striker meant that opportunities were limited.

Solskjær was subsequently given his time again when David Beckham picked up an injury and Ferguson played the versatile Norwegian on the right wing. While proving himself to be a fine crosser of the ball, Solskjær also popped up with crucial goals, scoring a total of 16 goals for the season. He was selected to play on the right in important matches, such as in the league game against Arsenal and the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid, while Beckham was left on the bench. He also captained the team in a number of matches.

Solskjær played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup for Norway and Euro 2000 and has over 60 international caps



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Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:35 pm

Injury-plagued seasons
In an interview with Solskjaer after his retirement, he noted that his recurring knee injury started after his knee-slide celebration in scoring the winning goal in injury time against Bayern Munich in the 1999 European Champions League Final.

In 2003-04, Solskjær found himself in and out of the United squad as he struggled with a recurring knee problem. Coupled with the arrival of Louis Saha from Fulham in January 2004, Solskjær found himself out of the first team and found himself either in his original role of super-sub or in central midfield. Solskjær still returned from injury in time to play in the 2004 FA Cup final, which the club won. The arrival of Alan Smith in summer 2004 nonetheless led to rumours that Solskjær was to leave Old Trafford, along with Nicky Butt, who eventually moved to Newcastle United, and David Bellion, who had been largely replaced by Wayne Rooney. Solskjær underwent intensive knee surgery in August 2004 and had to miss the 2004-05 season entirely. While he eventually recovered his fitness, it was difficult for the 32-year-old to carve his niche again among the heavy-weight attacking force of Manchester United. The Old Trafford faithful, however, displayed an almost fanatical loyalty to indicate their desire to see Solskjær in action again.

To show their continuing support, fans added a banner to the famous collection that lines the Stretford End reading "20 LEGEND"[4] (Solskjær wore number 20 for United). Solskjær further solidified his status amongst United fans when he became a patron of the supporters action group, Shareholders United.


[edit] Back from injury
Solskjær made his long-awaited return to action on December 5, 2005, playing for United's reserves against Liverpool.[5] Spectators numbering 2,738 showed up to witness the comeback of the popular Norwegian - an above-average turn-out for a reserve team match. He made his first-team return as a substitute in the match against Birmingham City on 28 December. He then finally made his first start more than a year later in the FA Cup match against Burton Albion, before playing a full game as a captain in the re-play. His return to full fitness slowly continued with regular appearances in the reserves, until on March 8, 2006 when, during a game against Middlesbrough, he was accidentally caught by Ugo Ehiogu, breaking his cheekbone. While facing the possibility of missing the rest of the season,[6] he nevertheless appeared as a substitute against Sunderland on Good Friday.

Solskjær returned to Premiership action in August 23, 2006 when he scored in an away match against Charlton Athletic, his first Premiership goal since April 2003. Ferguson commented after the match that "it was a great moment for Ole, United fans everywhere, the players and the staff" and that "Ole has been through a torrid time with injuries for the last two years, but he's persevered and never lost faith and has got his repayment tonight. Everyone is over the moon for him." He continued his come-back in a spectacular fashion by putting in the winning goal in the Champions League clash with Celtic on September 13, fulfilling his post-injury ambition to score another goal at Old Trafford. Solskjær's first Premiership goal at Old Trafford since the return came on October 1 when he netted both goals in the 2-0 win against Newcastle. His goalscoring form continued with when he started the away match against Wigan Athletic and struck a sublime finish to round off a 3-1 victory, and again against Crewe Alexandra, on October 25, 2006, scoring the first of the 2-1 victory. After a further injury sustained in Copenhagen, Solskjær again returned on top form scoring the third goal in the 3 - 1 win over Wigan on Boxing Day. Solskjær continued his magnificent form by scoring United's opening goal in their 3-2 win over Reading on the 30th of December. Additionally, he came on as a substitute to score an injury-time winner in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup on 7 January 2007.

After a match against Reading F.C., Solskjær had further surgery on his knee. However, it was not as serious as his previous operations, and he was put out of action for only a month. He was predicted to be available for the 31 March game against Blackburn. United boss Alex Ferguson said: "It was good timing with the international break coming up. It gave us the opportunity to get the thing done." Solskjær did make his comeback from injury against Blackburn Rovers as a late substitute, and even scored in the 89th minute to seal Manchester United's 4-1 win.

On 5 June 2007, it had been announced that Solskjær had undergone minor surgery after he reported discomfort in his knee while training with Norway. The surgery was a success, but Solskjær failed to fully recover and announced his retirement from professional football on 27 August 2007.

Since his shock retiral, there have been calls from football fans that Sir Alex Ferguson should retire the number 20 shirt as a tribute to Solskjaer.



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Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:36 pm

Future career as player-coach
On 31 March 2006, Solskjær signed a new contract with Manchester United until the end of the 2008 season, with a provision to allow him to develop his coaching awards. He also acted in an ambassadorial role for the club, when he travelled to Hong Kong in 2006 and played with students at the Manchester United Soccer School in Hong Kong. In July 2006, Solskjær participated in a pre-season game against Orlando Pirates, playing for 45 minutes and scoring 2 goals in United's 4-0 win. He also scored in matches against Preston North End and F.C. Porto. Ferguson praised the player and said he would re-consider his plan to buy a new striker.[7] On August 16, 2006 Solskjær returned for the Norwegian national team and played for 45 minutes against Brazil in a 1-1 draw.

On 2 September 2006, Solskjær scored his first goal for the national team after his injury, when he scored the first and last goals in a 4-1 win against Hungary in a Euro 2008 qualifying match. It was also his first post-injury professional match where he played the full game.

On 19 April 2007, Solskjær stated that he could not see himself playing professional football past his contract expiry date, at the end of the 2008 season. He is likely to be offered a testimonial following his long service to the club—and in recognition of his popularity with supporters.[8]

In an interview in July covered on ManUtd.com, Solskjær refused to put a timescale on his professional career, but he was confident he would play out the one year left in his contract at Manchester United. He said, "The knee will never be 100 per cent again, but as long as it doesn't hurt I'll continue to play. I don't know how long I can continue. It might be over after this season or I might be able to play another season." When interviewed by Setanta Sports in August 2007, Solskjær confirmed he would train to be a coach after retiring from professional football, and would start to earn the required badges after his last season with Manchester United. He also stated that unless his knee returned to a better state by the end of the 2007-08 season, that would definitely be his last season.

On August 27, 2007, it was announced that Solskjær had retired from football with immediate effect due to his ongoing knee injury. Finally, on September 4 at the home game against Sunderland AFC, his retirement was officially announced over the Old Trafford tannoy, with Solskjær walking onto the pitch to a standing ovation. As of his retirement, Solskjær holds the record for the most goals scored for Manchester United as a substitute, scoring 28 goals off the bench.[9]


[edit] First step into coaching
After his retirement it was confirmed that while Solskjaer achieves his coaching badges, he will continue to work for Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford as First-Team Strikers Coach. Solskjaer's talent was such that Roy Keane claimed he had never seen someone finish like Solskjaer and that he still has not.


[edit] Personal life
Solskjær lives in Bramhall with his wife, Silje, and their two children, Noah and Karna. He recently admitted he is not his son's favourite player — United team-mate Wayne Rooney is.[10] When he was a child himself, Solskjær trained as a wrestler as his father was once national champion.


[edit] Honours

[edit] With Manchester United (1996-2007)
Premier League - Champions (6): 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07
Premier League - Runners Up: 1997-98, 2005-06
FA Cup Winner (2): 1999, 2004
FA Cup Runners Up: 2005, 2007
League Cup Winner (1): 2006
League Cup Runners Up: 2003
UEFA Champions League Winner: 1998-99
Intercontinental Cup: 1999
UEFA Super Cup Runner Up: 1999
Community Shield Winner (4): 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007
Community Shield Runner Up: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004

[edit] Individual
Knight of the Order of St Olav, First Class[3]
Kniksen's honour award in 2007



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International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 November 1995 Kingston Jamaica 1-1 Draw Friendly
2 27 March 1996 Windsor Park, Belfast Northern Ireland 2-0 Win Friendly
3 2 June 1996 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Azerbaijan 5-0 Win FIFA World Cup 1998 Qual.
4 2 June 1996 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Azerbaijan 5-0 Win FIFA World Cup 1998 Qual.
5 30 April 1997 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Finland 1-1 Draw FIFA World Cup 1998 Qual.
6 25 March 1998 King Baudouin Stadium, Brüssel Belgium 2-2 Draw Friendly
7 27 May 1998 Molde stadion Saudi Arabia 6-0 Win Friendly
8 27 May 1998 Molde stadion Saudi Arabia 6-0 Win Friendly
9 27 March 1999 Olympic Stadium (Athens) Greece 2-0 Win UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
10 27 March 1999 Olympic Stadium (Athens) Greece 2-0 Win UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
11 28 April 1999 Tblisi Georgia 4-1 Win UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
12 8 September 1999 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Slovenia 4-0 Win UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
13 9 October 1999 Daugava Stadium, Riga Latvia 2-1 Win UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
14 27 May 2000 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Slovakia 2-0 Win Friendly
15 24 March 2001 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Poland 2-3 Defeat FIFA World Cup 2002 Qual.
16 28 March 2001 Minsk Belarus 1-2 Defeat FIFA World Cup 2002 Qual.
17 15 August 2001 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Turkey 1-1 Draw Friendly
18 14 May 2002 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Japan 3-0 Win Friendly
19 22 May 2002 Aspmyra stadium, Bodø Iceland 1-1 Draw Friendly
20 2 April 2003 Luxembourg City Luxembourg 2-0 Win UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
21 11 June 2003 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo Romania 1-1 Draw UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
22 2 September 2006 Budapest Hungary 4-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
23 2 September 2006 Budapest Hungary 4-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.



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Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:37 pm

Ole Gunnar Solskjær (born 26 February 1973 in Kristiansund, Norway) is a former Norwegian footballer who spent the vast majority of his career playing for Manchester United. He played 366 times for the Red Devils and scored 126 goals during a very successful period for the club. He was also part of the 1999 Treble winning Team. Before he moved to England, Solskjær completed a year's national service in the Norwegian army [1], he played part time for Third Division Norwegian Clausenengen F.K., later moving to Norwegian Premier League Molde F.K. in 1994. He joined United on 29 July 1996, for a transfer fee of £1.5m. He is a patron of the Manchester United Supporters' Trust (formerly Shareholders United).

Solskjær was renowned for his tendency to score goals late in the game, often handing Manchester United a draw or win from the brink of defeat. The most famous example of this came in injury time of the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.

On 27 August 2007, Solskjær announced his retirement from football after failing to recover from a serious knee injury.[2] However, Solskjær will remain at Old Trafford in a coaching role, as well as in an ambassadorial capacity.

In November 2007 Solskjær was made a a Knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav by King Harald V of Norway.[3] He is to be presented with the award in a later ceremony in his hometown of Kristiansund. Solskjær is the youngest ever recipient of the award, usually bestoved upon notable members of society in their later years.



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Re: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:56 pm

total legend (Y) i miss him


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Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:23 am

Feels so odd to watch United and know that Solskjaer wont be coming off the bench anymore to save our skins. It always makes me smile when I hear the oomph with which 'you are my Solskajer' is belted out at Old Trafford. Its a chant that always gets every section of the ground going and that is more than just deserts for a player who will always remain in the hearts of everyone who treasures the red shirt of Manchester United. :D


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Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:25 am

everytime i saw him on the field, there was a boost of confidence, knowing he'll score before the game ends. it was a bad habbit we got into,
we love you 2OLEGEND. (Y)



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Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:19 pm

When people over here try to pronounce his name but can't get it right they end up getting frustrated and tell you "that guy, the one that used to come on and score" instead.

Brilliant man and footballer.


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Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:52 pm

thanks abhi and condor......great reads.
i do miss his smiley face on the bench!



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Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:54 pm

Very good read. I really miss seeing him play. Sometimes the camera will point on him while he is watching games at OT and it makes me really happy.


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Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:54 pm

Another good read. I still miss him, especially when the subs are being announced and he isn't one of them. You always got this lift when you saw him run onto the pitch, and he always got straight into the game. To see him race onto the pitch one last time would be great, although we know it aint going to happen. :(



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Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:37 pm

A memory I have of Solskjaer maybe not be everyones when it first comes to mind. I remember a team breaking (Newcastle maybe) and he chased back with the player who was bearing down on goal still 40-45 yards away from the goal, and for United, he took the player out accepting the red card to save United. A great hero of mine. A as he went off was congratulated by fellow team mates and clapped off.


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Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:51 pm

MUTV are showing a Classic from the 99/00 season against Everton at this very moment.We went one down to a jeffers goal as Bosnich lay injured but came back to win 5-1 and dear Ole scored four.

His place in United's history is there forever.


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Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:11 pm

Thanks Condor and Axa!

I hope there will be a testimonial match vs Bayern to honour him and his greatest moment!


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Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:33 pm

Thanks guys was great reading all of those.

Full Name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Date of Birth 26th Feburary 1973
Place of Birth Kristiansund,
Norway

Position Forward
Height 5ft 10
United debut 25/8/1996
Blackburn (H)


Solskjaer's United Record
1996-2007

Appearances Goals
League 151 (84) 91
FA Cup 15 (15) 8
League Cup 8 (3) 7
Europe 36 (45) 20
Other games 6 (3) 0
Total 216 (150) 126


Solskjaer's International Record
1993-2005

67 Caps - 24 goals
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Honours with United

1997 F.A. Premier League
1999 F.A. Premier League
1999 F.A. Cup
1999 European Champions League
1999 Intercontinental Cup
2000 F.A. Premier League
2001 F.A. Premier League
2003 F.A. Premier League
2004 F.A Cup
2007 F.A. Premier League

After playing part time Third Division football in Norway for Clausenegen FK, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moved to Nowegian Premier League side Molde FK in 1995. In his first season his prolific goal scoring form of 20 goals in 26 appearances led to him being dubbed the "Norwegian Alan Shearer". He scored on his debut for Norway against Jamaica and later scored twice in a 5-0 win over Azerbaijan. 11 goals came in 16 games the following season but having attracted the interest of big clubs throughout Europe his Molde career was at an end and a move to England beckoned.

In the summer of 1996 Alex Ferguson paid a £1.5m fee for Solskjaer's services but few fans expected much of the unknown Norwegian. He himself did not expect to be playing for United until at least the new year. It was therefore a shock when he was immediately put in the first team for a game against Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford in August 1996.

Reds were slightly bemused by the newcomer who in truth looked about 12 years old but any doubts were quickly silenced. Ole scored on his debut that day and quickly found himself almost a permanent fixture in the first team. He ended the season as the club's top scorer with 19 goals, 18 of them in the League. Ole quickly became a firm favourite with the United faithful who dubbed him "The baby faced assassin" because of his youthful looks.

Solskjaer was a goal-scoring machine who at times, made it look so easy. A cool and deadly finisher from any range he possessed excellent positional sense that put him into great goal scoring positions. As his career progressed he also became a good crosser and intelligent passer of the ball. A full international for Norway, he won a League Championship medal in his first United season and helped United to the semi-final of the European Cup. He also represented Norway at the 1998 World Cup finals, playing in three matches before Norway where knocked out by Italy.

In 1997-98 he lost his place to the partnership of Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham, his absence mainly caused by injury. Had he played in more games it is likely United would have won the league instead of Arsenal (who capitalised on United's injury problems late in the season). The arrival of Dwight Yorke in August 1999 meant Ole taking on the role he would be become most famous for: "The Super Sub".

Who Put The Ball In The Germans Net ?
1998-99 was a strange season for Solskjaer. At the start of the campaign he was nearly sold to Spurs for £5.5 million, then went on to score 17 goals from only 17 starting appearances. Then in a match away to Nottingham Forest with United already leading 4-1 and 80 minutes on the clock he came on as sub. Ole wasted no time in producing a masterclass in finishing. Yorke and Cole were both on a hat-trick with two each but Solskjaer scored four times in ten minutes to take the match ball and seal an amazing 8-1 away win which is still a Premiership record to this day.

Then to cap it all he came on as an 81st minute substitute in the 1999 Champions League Final and scored the winning goal in injury time. Perhaps the most famous Manchester United goal ever? It certainly clinched the unprecedented Treble and Ole went down as a legend in footballing folklore as in "Where were you when Solskjaer put the ball in the Germans net?"

There can be no doubting the Norwegian's importance, with his many goals adding considerably to United's firepower. Ole seemed to be at his most lethal when coming off the subs bench, scoring late that year against Brondby, West Ham, Forest, Liverpool, and Bayern. His loyalty and willingness to sit on the bench as a super-sub, in the end was rewarded for, with the treble of trophies and a place forever in history.

Solskjaer couldn't hope to top his famous moment in the following season but he still was as lethal as ever in front of goal. Despite being constantly linked with a move to Spurs and only starting fifteen Premiership games his form was unaffected as he rattled in the goals again. Highlights would be the stunning four goals he scored at home to Everton, the double against Sunderland and a brilliant volley from 30 yards at home to Sturm Graz.

The away game to Bordeaux was a classic Ole-United smash and grab, as he came off the bench with 5 minutes to go and scored the winner with virtually his first kick of the ball. Ferguson at that time believed Solskjaer was better coming off the bench when opposition legs are tiring, although the records show he actually scored more when he started than as a sub.
In any other team he would have been a first team starter but then Solskjaer knew that Manchester United are not any other team. He continued to score goals in 2000-2001, often paired alongside Teddy Sheringham with whom he was most effective with. Solskjaer scored a steady stream of goals throughout the season, again often coming off the bench. Ole's best moments where the late winner in the 2-1 over Charlton, a brace to sink Ipswich and a late header to defeat Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park.

The 2001-2002 season was Solskjaer's best ever campaign. In a flourishing partnership with new signing Ruud van Nistelrooy the Norwegian got 26 goals. Ole scored twice against in games with Ipswitch, Derby, Nantes, Leeds, Charlton and Deportivo, as well as a brilliant hat-trick away to Bolton.

He showed an increasing lethal-ness in front of goal, taking half-chances and often scoring from impossible angles. His first goal at Charlton was a contender for goal of season with brilliant movement and clinical finish, not forgetting the superb strike he scored away to Lille.

Conversion To A Winger
During 2002-2003 Ole often found himself less up front and more out on the right side of midfield. As David Beckham fell out of favour in the winter months, Ferguson seemed to prefer the added goal threat and playing a more free-flowing 4-3-3 system, as opposed to the rigid 4-4-2 of past years. Solskjaer also demonstrated a new found talent for crossing, it was his cross that found the head of Ryan Giggs to level the score 2-2 at Highbury in the big showdown with Arsenal.
He netted his 100th goal for United in a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the following season and went on to score 15 Premiership goals. His best moments were probably the equaliser at Newcastle and the fourth in United's 4-0 thrashing of Liverpool. With 29 League starting appearances and 9 in Europe, Ole had passed on the role of super-sub to Diego Forlan and shown himself to a much more versatile weapon in Sir Alex Ferguson's formidable attacking armoury.

Injury Woe
In 2003-2004 he never got going as the year was blighted by injury. In September after struggling with a knee problem, club doctors decided an operation was needed. Ole was out until the end of February and on his return appeared mostly as sub. Transfer speculation suggested Solskjaer's Old Trafford days were numbered due to the impact of the injury but worse was to follow as his knee broke down again.
At the start of season 2004-2005 it was rumoured Ole's career was finished but thankfully it was proven untrue. After further knee surgery, a long period of rehabilitation was required to build up strength in the knee cartilage. Finally, the Norwegian returned in the 2-2 draw with Birmingham on 28th December 2005 and went on to play in five matches.

Despite his long absence, Ole was still a much loved hero amongst United fans who sung his name loudly with the "You are my Solskjaer" song a long standing favourite. He is popular not only for his European Cup winning goal but because he bravely lent support to Shareholders United fight against the Glazer takeover - the only Manchester United player to do so.

The Comeback
On March 31st 2006 he signed a new contract with United until the end of the 2008 season. The contract allowed him to develop his coaching skills and qualifications and Sir Alex Ferguson stated that Ole would be used in an ambassadorial role for the club. In the 2006-2007 season he showed he still had the goal scoring touch with 11 goals for the Reds in 15 starting appearances with 16 as substitute.

His goals include a late strike at Charlton (his first since his return from injury), two at home to Newcastle, the winner at home to Celtic and a last gasp winner at home to Aston Villa. Solskjaer also resumed international duties, scoring twice for Norway, away to Hungary in September 2006.

In April 2007 Ole annouced he would retire when his contract with United ends in June 2008 but on 27th August 2007, Solskjaer announced his retirement from football. After continuing problems with his knee and undergoing minor knee surgery in June, he suffered another setback so serious that forced his decision. However, Solskjaer will remain at Old Trafford in a coaching role to achieve his coaching badges and acts in an ambassadorial capacity.

My Conclusion
The Manchester United number 20 shirt will now always be associated with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after 11 fantastic years, with six league championships, two FA Cups' and that legendary Champions League. He was a truly great servant to the club and a model professional. Incredibly loyal to his manager and club when other players would have sought a money spinning transfer, he was also prepared speak up for the fans. Solskjaer was the sort of player that is rare indeed in the modern game.

United fans will always hold him close to their hearts for that unforgettable night in Barcelona, for being a deadly finisher, for all the great goals and for being a really nice bloke. Better players may come and go but few will be as loved at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ole Trivia
He supported Liverpool as a boy. (don't think he'd be too welcome in the Kop nowadays)

Ole did a years National Service in the Norwegian Army.

Solskjaer didn't play in the Norwegian 1st Division until he was 22. Outside of football the person he says he most admires is Elvis.

He is known as the "baby faced assassin", because of his youthful looks. He hates being called it though.

Amazingly Solskjaer trained as a wrestler. His Dad was Norway's Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion from 1966-71.

Sir Bobby Charlton once said of him, "I don't know anybody who makes up his mind quicker than him. I am not just talking about strikers in the modern game - I have never seen anyone like him in the modern era. He's amazing."

Solskjaer quote about Barcelona 99: "When Teddy scored, I thought, yes! I'm going to play 40 minutes of a Champions League Final. That's going to be unbelievable."

Ole told a friend the night before the final to make sure they watched the game as he felt certain that he would score a goal.

The Stretford End has a banner dedicated to him reading "20LEGEND".

United fan's sing: (to the tune of "You are my sunshine")
"You are my Solskjaer, my Ole Solskjaer,
you make me happy, when skies are grey,
and Alan Shearer, was f**king dearer,
so Please don't take, My Solskjaer, Away....."

United fan's also sing: "Who put the ball in the Germans net? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer!!!"

Solskjaer is a patron of the fans action group Shareholders United



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Re: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:48 am

what a man ..what a player........what a finisher........no matter how he played....he wld score.....besides the CL win.my best memory of OLe is when he scored last season after almost 3 yrs........that was such a joyous moment.........absolutely loved it.......cldn't stop singing you are my solskjaer in the pub..........now its Sir Ole ain't it???


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Re: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:41 am

I missed him & still do... :cry:



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Re: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Sun Dec 30, 2007 7:10 pm

I really miss him. He could just come off the bench and win games for us, and still would do that this season, even at his age.

His health is more important though and I'm glad he is still involved in our club.



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Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:28 pm

Matt-D7 wrote:I really miss him. He could just come off the bench and win games for us, and still would do that this season, even at his age.

His health is more important though and I'm glad he is still involved in our club.
Amen Matt! The dedication and loyality he has shown is remarkable. I am so happy that he is involved in the youth team training, what a brilliant role model!! :D


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Re: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:58 pm

A great player & person, all young players should look to him for example. Used always have hope when he was on the bench, even when we were 2 -0 down in final stages... :cry: Sad that we don't have that anymore but I'm sure he'll evolve into a great coach :)



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Re: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:06 am

i do hope he can still his kind of clinical finishing in our current crop of strikers.........our strikers are really good but i still think they don't have the same kind of finishing that RVN and Ole had.........and it'll do wonders for the likes of frazier campbell and dong and other kids to work with him too


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Re: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:44 am

a great united legend... would love to see someone wearing jersey # 20 again.. and could be our next supersub... ;)


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Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:38 pm

hey guys,i was watching fsc and they showed ole being knighted :o
not for his football but for kindness to children (Y)



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