This week's appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the new manager of Cardiff City resonates with us here at Manchester United, the only other British club he's worked for. Thanks again for the memories, Ole...
What makes him special? As a player Solskjaer was a clinical, technically-brilliant finisher with an unerring knack for finding the net. It was part instinct, part practise – he would repetitively work on specific scenarios in training so that in matches he was adept in every scoring situation. Ole is renowned for being a nice guy too, a consummate professional, but also a dedicated, determined winner. He insists his red card in 1998 for chopping down Rob Lee when the Newcastle midfielder was through on goal wasn't his proudest moment, and Sir Alex gave him the hairdryer treatment as a result, but it earned him respect among fans. Here was a player who willingly would sacrifice himself for the greater cause of the team and the club. That is something that was evident throughout his career, notably via the 'supersub' tag he was never particularly fond of.
Crowning glory: It's impossible to look beyond the moment Ole took United to the Promised Land in the Nou Camp in May 1999. It's arguably football's most dramatic denouement and the moment Solskjaer stuck out his boot in the six-yard box and poked the ball into the roof of the net is unforgettably etched in United's history forever. Clive Tyldesley's commentary, "…and Solskjaer has won it!" never fails to make the spine tingle.
He says: "There must have been a million people in the Nou Camp the night we won the Treble because it feels like that many people have come up to me saying: 'I was there, you made my day,' or: 'That was the best day of my life, don't tell my wife. Better than my wedding day, my wedding night, it was the best day of my life.' I always tell them it's a pleasure, but that it was quite nice for me as well!"