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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Position: Forward
Born: 26 Feb 1973
Signed: 29 Jul 1996
Debut: 25 Aug 1996 v Blackburn (H), League
Goals: 126
Appearances: 366
Left United: Retired from playing 28 Aug 2007

"Ole is a man who is respected and loved by everyone at Old Trafford and, as far as I’m concerned, he’s up there with the likes of Law, Best and Charlton as one of the legendary figures in United’s history." – Paddy Crerand
20/08/2010 16:33, Report by J Tuck and J Perry
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Ole: A Reds hero

On this day in 1996, a goalscoring legend made his debut for United – and fittingly got on the scoresheet.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a little-known signing from Norwegian side Molde, gave Reds fans a taste of things to come by fearlessly netting six minutes after coming on as a substitute against Blackburn.

It was the first of 126 goals in 366 appearances for the ‘baby-faced assassin’, a nickname the frontman soon received because his innocent looks belied a deadly ability to put the ball away.

Ole is right up there with my all-time favourite United players. As a teenager in the mid-90s, I loved watching the quietly effective way he went about playing football.

He was an awesome finisher, the best I’ve seen in my years as a Reds fan, with an almost robotic knack of converting even the most tenuous of chances. See that astonishing four-goal haul in 12 minutes against Nottingham Forest for prove of that.

The Norwegian scored all kinds of goals in his 11-year United career – watch our video above to see some of the best. My personal favourite was the left-footed stunner he unleashed in Europe against Lille in 2001.

Ole was an intelligent footballer,

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