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Biography

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reluctantly called time on his United playing career on 28 August 2007 – eleven years and three days after it began with a goalscoring debut.

On the field, the Norwegian became an embodiment of United’s never-say-die spirit in their most successful decade, often scoring late goals when points or trophies looked to have been lost. But off the field, he finally had to admit one defeat - in his battle with a persistent knee injury. On retiring, Ole said: “I would like to thank the manager, the coaching and medical staff and most of all the supporters. "The supporters have been fantastic and were a real inspiration to me when I was out injured. I feel proud to have represented United for 11 years and have some very special memories." Ole's many career highlights include his four goals in 12 minutes as a substitute at Nottingham Forest, in United's record away win (8-1). But surely the most special memory of all would be the Champions League final in 1999 when he best exhibited his ability to seize the whisker of a chance. His injury-time toe-poke past Bayern Munich keeper Oliver Kahn completed United's Treble and cemented his place in Reds folklore.

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  • Position

    Forward

  • Country

    Norway

  • Date of birth

  • Joined

  • United debut

    v Blackburn (H) League

  • Left United

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates scoring.
Classic Encounter: United 5-1 Everton 4 December 1999
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An Ole Gunnar Solskjaer-inspired United came from behind to beat Everton nearly 20 years ago. The Norwegian scored four after Denis Irwin's penalty put the Reds back on level terms.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the ball during an FA Cup tie against Fulham in 1999
Andy Cole says

"Ole was absolutely ridiculous from the bench. He was a connoisseur of the game and he used to watch from the bench to see how he could hurt people. He picked out weaknesses to exploit."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates scoring for Manchester United in 2002.
#MUTrivia
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On this day in 1996, we signed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from Molde. The Norwegian striker went on to score 126 goals in 366 games for the Reds, between 1996 and 2007.

Five things we learned from our Ole interview Article

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided some real insight during a recent interview with MUTV.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after scoring at Old Trafford

Inside the mind of an assassin Article

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the mentality that made him a legend, describing his finishing as unrivalled.

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