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Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Who is Ole Gunnar Solskjær?

Ole Gunnar Solskjær was born on 26 February 1973. Ole is a former footballer as he played as a centre-forward for Manchester United. Solskjær is the current manager of the Red Devils.

The Norwegian stayed at Old Trafford in a coaching role as well as in an ambassadorial capacity. In 2008, Ole became Man United’s reserve team coach.

Solskjær returned to his native country in 2011 to manage his former team, Molde, whom Ole led to their two first-ever Tippeligaen trophies in his first two campaigns with the club.

Solskjær secured a third trophy in many seasons when his club won the 2013 Norwegian Football Cup Final. In 2014, Ole served as coach of Cardiff City, during which the team were relegated from the Premier League.

In late 2018, the Red Devils appointed the Norwegian as caretaker coach, taking over from José Mourinho for the rest of the 2018–19 campaign.

On 9 December 2020, Ole saw Man United fall from the Champions League group stage to the Europa League despite having beaten PSG and RB Leipzig by 2–1 and 5–0.

In winter 2021, Ole oversaw his club score of a record-equalling nine goals in a 9–0 win against Southampton. On 9 May 2021, the Red Devils secured a top 4 finish in the PL and qualified for the UCL group stage.

This was the first time a straight top 4 finish since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. On 26 May, Man United lost on penalties to Villarreal after a 1–1 draw in the Europa League Final.

On 28 March 2019, having won 14 of his 19 games in charge, the Norwegian signed a three-year deal to take over as Red Devils coach on a permanent basis.

All you need to know about Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s football career

Before the centre-forward arrived in the Premier League, Ole played for Norwegian teams Clausenengen and Molde. Solskjær joined the Red Devils in 1996 for a transfer fee of £1.5m.

Nicknamed “the Baby-faced Assassin”, Ole played 366 times for Man United and scored 126 goals during a triumphant period for the Red Devils. The Norwegian striker scored late goals and was regarded as a “super-sub”.

In the 1999 UCL Final, Ole scored the last-minute winning goal with Bayern Munich, with the Red Devils having trailed 1–0 as the game passed 90 minutes and winning the Treble for the English club.

In 2007, Ole Gunnar Solskjær announced his retirement from football after failing to recover from a severe knee injury.

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