Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Manchester United Career

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This weekend will be a very special weekend for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United and all of the fans.

Solskjaer, 35, played for United for 11 years in which he scored 238 goals in 386 appearances, which is a fantastic record especially when you consider that he came off the bench for quite a few of those matches.

Solskjær joined United in 1996 from Molde FK, a Norweigan Premier team.
If you ask anybody what moment would you most remember about Solskjaer, it will most probably be when he famously scored the last minute winning goal for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League Final against Bayern Munich which helped United win the treble.

In November 2007, Solskjaer was made a knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav by King Harald V of Norway ( I had to look that up, there was no way I could have remembered that).

Solskjaer announced his retirement from football when he failed to come back and recover from injury, but, instead of retiring from football all together, Solskjaer is now the manager of Manchester United's reserve team.

Solskjaer came to Old Trafford because Sir Alex Ferguson failed to sign Alan Shearer. He came to United unknown by most United fans, his record was 31 goals in 41 games.
Solskjaer scored only six minutes into his debut match for United, as a substitute against Blackburn in the 1996-1997 Premier League season.
In his first season for United, Solskjaer scored 18 Premier League goals which ended up with Solskjaer being given the nickname 'The Baby Faced Assassin'.
Many clubs have shown an interest in Solskjaer but unlike other footballers he has stayed loyal to United.
In 1999, Solskjaer scored the winning goal in the Champion's League final, the season ended in United winning the famous treble.
After a few fantastic seasons with United, Solskjaer finally got the chance to regularly start matches for United when he paired up ipfront with Ruud Van Nistelrooy (now at Real Madrid).
Ferguson preferred Van Nistlerooy upfront on his own which meant limited chances for Solskjaer but that didn't stop him from coming off the bench and making an impact on a match.

2003-2004 was when Solskjaer's injury problems started. He was in and out of the squad due to
a recurring knee injury. Solskjaer returned from injury to play in the 2004 FA Cup final, which United won.
United bought Alan Smith (now at Newcastle) which sparked many rumours that Solskjaer was going to leave Old Trafford.
In August 2004, Solskjaer went under the knife which meant that he missed the whole of the 2004-2005 season.
At this point Solskjaer was 32 years old, which made it difficult for Solskjaer to break back into the first team.
Finally, on the 5th December 2005, Solskjaer played against Liverpool in United's reserve team.
2, 738 people showed up to watch Solskjaers return, which just shows how much he is loved by the United fans.
Solskjaer's first team return was against Birmingham City, you guessed it- as a substitute, on the 28th December.
Solskjaer's first team start was a year or so later against Burton Albion.
Solskjaer then made regular reserve team appearances, he returned to Premier League action on August 23rd, 2006 when he scored in an away match against Charlton.
Solskjaer then went on to score some important goals for United, which included the winning goal in United's Champion's League match against Celtic.
Solskjaer was injured again in Copenhagen but he returned from injury on United's 3-1 against Wigan on Boxing day.
Solskjaer scored the winning goal (how many times have we heard that?) in United's 3rd round FA Cup win over Aston Villa on 7th January 2007.

Solskjaer had further surgery after a match against Reading, which put him out of action for only a month.
His return after this injury was against Blackburn Rovers, in which he scored an 89th minute goal for United, the match ended in United winning 4-1.

5th June 2007 and it was announced that Solskjaer was going to have further surgery after feeling some discomfort in his knee.
Since then Solskjaer failed to return from injury which ended up in him announcing his retirement on the 27th August 2007.
September 4th 2007, United were playing at Old Trafford against Sunderland, Solskjaers retirement was officially announced over the Old Trafford tannoy, and he walked onto the pitch, receiving a standing ovation.

Once retired, Solskjaer has been working on his coaching badges.
Solskjaer is now in charge of United's youth team and hopefully he will be successful.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Honours he has won at United:
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

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