Signed by Ron Atkinson in July 1984, Jesper made 149 starts, 27 substitute appearances and scored 24 goals for United. Although diminutive in stature, he arrived with a big reputation, having won two Dutch league titles and a domestic cup with Ajax. He'd also starred on the international stage, scoring a spectacular goal for Denmark against England.
Atkinson predicted that Olsen would become United's most exciting player since George Best but the Dane's finest season was arguably his first, when he helped the Reds to reach and win the 1985 FA Cup final - a match most often remembered for Kevin Moran's controversial red card and Norman Whiteside's glorious winner in extra-time.
Olsen remained at the club for the first two years of Sir Alex Ferguson's era but was sold to Bordeaux in November 1988 for £400,000. He later played for Caen, also in France, before retiring in 1992.
Jesper returned to the Manchester area and while working as an agent, he made a few appearances for the United Masters team in indoor six-a-side tournaments. He now lives with his family in Australia where he runs a successful football coaching business.
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