Ole Gunnar Solskjær


December 6, 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjær (born 26 February 1973) is a Norwegian football coach and former football player. From January 2011 to January 2014, he was the head coach of Molde FK. With Solskjær as coach, Molde won the Tippeligaen in 2011 and in 2012 as well as the cup in 2013. On 2 January 2014, he became manager of the Premier League team Cardiff City FC, but had to leave the club on 18 September 2014. The team relegated to the Championship after the 2013/14 season and started the 2014/15 season with a number of poor results. He returned as manager of Molde FK on October 21, 2015, and continued at the same time as coach of Clausenengen Football Club G19. Solskjær led Molde to two silver medals in the series before he was hired as interim manager for Manchester United until the 2018/19 season and later as permanent manager from 28 March 2019 to 21 November 2021.

Player career

Solskjær became known for his goal-scoring ability based on well-timed backroom runs and precise shots with both legs, often from a sharp angle or after returning from the goalkeeper.

Early career

Solskjær made his debut for Clausenengen Football Club as a 17-year-old. While he was in the military, he was on trial in Lillestrøm Sports Club. He was only allowed to train with the recruiting team, which Solskjær considered completely irrelevant. During his career in Clausenengen, he scored 115 goals in 109 games. Last year in Clausenengen in the 2nd division, he scored 31 of the team's 47 goals. In February 1994, he was on trial in Rosenborg, together with Trond Andersen. In 1995, Solskjær was acquired by Åge Hareide and Molde for NOK 150,000. In his first year at the club, Solskjær scored 21 goals. He was also taken out in the national team squad. He was quickly nicknamed "Ole Gunnar Målskjær".

Manchester United

After a year and a half in Molde, he was brought by Alex Ferguson to Manchester United FC, which he played for from the 1996/1997 season. In total, he scored 126 goals in 366 games for Manchester United. Only fourteen players have scored more goals for the club. In 150 of the matches he was a substitute and was often referred to as the "supersub". In 1999, Solskjær decided the Champions League final against Bayern Munich when he scored the winning goal after two minutes of extra time. This together with other important goals and strong loyalty to the club has given Solskjær hero status among the supporters. He is considered a legend at Manchester United and has been nicknamed "20LEGEND" by fans. The nickname is a combination of his costume number (20), his first first name (Ole), and «legend». On August 27, 2007, several British media outlets announced that he would retire as a footballer due to knee injuries. Throughout his career, Solskjær has been under the knife seven times in connection with the knee injuries. A number of old stars were invited as guests to the testimonial match which was played on August 2, 2008. Solskjær himself played for 22 minutes. Opponent was Espanyol from Spain. 68 868 spectators are about to see this match. Nearly 10,000 Norwegians came there. The match ended 1-0 to Manchester United.

National team

Solskjær played 67 international matches for Norway and scored 23 goals.

Coaching career

Coach training and Manchester United's coaching staff

Solskjær chose to start his coaching education in Norway at Raufoss, where he received the UEFA B license in 2008. He then completed the UEFA A license and Pro license courses in England. After it became clear that Solskjær was working to become a football coach, he received very positive reviews from his former teammates at Manchester United. Englishman Rio Ferdinand stated that he thought it was strange that Solskjær would become a coach, but he thought the Norwegian would succeed, and that he had the potential to become a good coach. The same was said by former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.19. In September 2007, it was confirmed that Solskjær had been hired to the coaching staff of Manchester United, with United's striker as a special area of ​​work. From the 2008/09 season, Solskjær had the main responsibility for the reserve team for Manchester

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