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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Complete Name: Ole Gunnar Solskjśr
Nationality: Norwegian
Place of Birth: Kristiansund, Norway
Date of Birth: 26/02/1973
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 74 kg
National Team: Norway
Current Club: Manchester United
Position: Forward


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Club career history

Molde (Norway), Manchester United (England)


1999 Intercontinental Cup winner (Manchester United)
1999 Champions League winner (Manchester United)
1997 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
1999 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
2000 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
2001 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
2003 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
1999 FA Cup winner (Manchester United)
2004 FA Cup winner (Manchester United)
2003 League Cup Finals (Manchester United)


Ole Gunnar Solskjśr (born February 26, 1973) is a Norwegian football player who currently plays for Manchester United (since July 1996). Before he came to England, he played for Clausenengen F.K. and Molde F.K.. He is married and has two children. Solskjśr is 1.78m tall and weighs 74kg.

When Alex Ferguson failed to sign Alan Shearer, he settled for this then-unknown Norwegian striker. Solskjśr had scored 31 goals in 42 matches for Molde F.K. 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 in the Premiership.

Solskjśr scored 18 Premiership goals for United in the 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. One of his most impressive feats was coming off the bench to score four goals in the last seventeen minutes of United's 8-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest,although, this was not United's biggest win.

Ole enjoys life at Old Trafford and didn't leave the club when an offer of £5.5m came from Spurs, among others in 1998. United fans were eternally grateful, as the slightly-built Norwegian went on to score the winning goal in the Champions League Final in 1999, securing the astonishing Treble and cementing his own place in United folklore. These feats, as well as his likeable demeanour, have made Solskjśr a firm fans' favourite, inspiring many songs from "Who Put the Ball in the Germans' Net?" to "You Are My Solskjśr". Songs in Solskjśr's honour are still frequently sung during United games, in spite of his recent longstanding injury. Only Eric Cantona and Roy Keane have a similar standing with United supporters.

Solskjśr finally got the chance as a starter in 2001/02, alongside Ruud van Nistelrooy, and he took the chance with characteristic incisiveness, forcing Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke onto the subs bench, in his usual place.

By 2002/03, both Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke had left Old Trafford and Solskjśr had only the hardly-prolific Diego ForlŠn to compete with for places, but Ferguson's persistence on playing Ruud van Nistelrooy up front on his own meant that opportunities were still limited.

However, he still got his chance when David Beckham picked up an injury and the versatile Norwegian was played on the right wing. He proved himself to be a fine crosser of the ball, and still managed to pop up with crucial goals, sixteen in total for the season. It was testament to his brilliant form that he was selected to play on the right wing in crucial matches, such as the league game against Arsenal and the Champions League quarter-final tie with Real Madrid, while Beckham was left on the bench.

In 03-04, Solskjśr found himself in and out of the United squad as he struggled with a recurring knee problem. With the arrival of Fulham's Louis Saha in January 2004, Solskjśr found himself ousted from the United First team and returning to his original 'supersub' mantle, or indeed moving to an attacking midfield position. Solskjśr returned from injury in time to appear in the 2004 FA Cup final, which United won. However, the arrival of Alan Smith in the summer of 2004 led to rumours that he was to leave Old Trafford, touted as one of several names, along with Nicky Butt (who eventually went to Newcastle United) and David Bellion offered as part-exchange for the impressive Wayne Rooney. He underwent intensive knee surgery in early August 2004 which has resulted in him missing the entire 04-05 Premiership season. Despite United's heavyweight strikeforce conceivably limiting the 32-year-old's chances of playing even when he is fit again, the Old Trafford faithful still hope to see him play for United again; indeed, he has an almost fanatical loyalty from many United fans.

To show Solskjśr that he has not been forgotten while out injured, the United faithful have added a banner to the famous collection that lines the Stretford End reading "20LEGEND" (Solskjśr wears number 20 for United.) Solskjśr further enhanced his reputation amongst United fans when he became a patron of the fans action group Shareholders United.

Solskjśr made his long-awaited return to action on December 5, 2005, playing for United's reserves against Liverpool. [1] The popular Norwegian's comeback was witnessed by 2,738 spectators - above average for a reserve team match. He made his first-team return as a substitiute in United's match against Birmingham City on 28 December. He then finally made his first start in more than a year in United's FA cup match against Burton Albion before playing a full game as captain in the replay.

For Norway, Solskjśr played in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 and has appeared over 60 times for his country.

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