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Biography

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reluctantly called time on his United playing career on 28 August 2007 – 11 years and three days after it began with a goalscoring debut.

On the field, the Norwegian became an embodiment of the Reds’ 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 after being introduced 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. However, the end of Ole’s playing days certainly did not finish his association with United, as he tried his hand at coaching and took charge of the club’s Reserve team, helping to develop emerging talents such as Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba. The Norwegian returned to his homeland in 2011 and spent three years with Molde before taking over at then Premier League side Cardiff City. During his brief spell in south Wales Ole did visit Old Trafford as an opposition manager, with United winning 2-0, but following the club’s slide into the Championship he left the Bluebirds in September 2014. After nearly two years out of management, Solskjaer once again took charge at Molde, but just before Christmas in 2018, he received a call he just could not turn down - Manchester United. After Jose Mourinho's departure from the manager's position at Old Trafford, Ole was appointed as caretaker boss and remarkably won his first eight matches in the hot seat. He also oversaw one of United’s greatest ever European comebacks, when the Reds beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at the Parc de Princes to qualify for the quarter-final stage of the Champions League. Solskjaer was subsequently made permanent manager, signing a three-year contract on 28 March 2019. Reacting to his appointment, the Norwegian said: "It’s truly an honour. I think everyone knows, and I’ve spoken about it in the last few months, that this is the dream job for anyone interested in football, especially anyone who has been involved with Manchester United. Being given the opportunity now to move the club forward, with all its potential, is fantastic.”

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  • Position

    Forward

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    Norway

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  • United debut

    v Blackburn (H) League

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to help create more magical moments now he is manager of the Reds.

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'Sir Matt was watching on in 1999' Article

May 26 is also Sir Matt Busby's birthdate; here, Ole discusses his legacy and recalls a poignant moment at the Nou Camp.

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How United sealed the Treble, 20 years ago Article

We reflect on the Reds' stunning win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals why he could not sleep on the eve of his Nou Camp heroics in 1999.

Stanley Chow's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer illustration.

Treble Icons: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Article

Ahead of Sunday's reunion match, we remember the majestic impact of our current manager on the Treble season.

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Solskjaer's absolutely determined to hit the ground running when the new season kicks off.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the sunshine in his hometown Kristiansund in Oslo, Norway

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The boss says arranging a friendly with Kristiansund is a "little bonus" for him and our Scandinavian supporters.

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United announce pre-season friendlies Article

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take the Reds to his native Norway in July - and our women's team will also play in Oslo.

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After facing the manager in a finishing drill, our goalkeeper Lee Grant confirms... Ole's still got it!

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The boss reveals which sort of player he will be targeting now the transfer window has opened.

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Ole's Season Review: Part Three
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says

"I’m excited by the whole project. I know it’s a great responsibility being in charge of this great club. But the only thing I can promise is I will do it to the best of my ability.”

Bryan Robson with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ole's Season Review: Part Three
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says

"In my view, the best players have always been the best people. You have to have that value system and a certain kind of attitude about you to make a Man United player."

Ole's Season Review: Part One
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says

"Michael [Carrick], Kieran [McKenna] and Mark [Dempsey] are all going to stay. I think that’s important, that we keep that team going forward. They are some excellent coaches."

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