Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to retire – because even baby-faced assassins grow old

Ollie Irish

28th, August 2007


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Arguably the most popular footballer in Premier League history – even Man City fans quite like Solskjaer – is to retire from the game, aged 34. A series of knee injuries has afflicted the Norwegian in recent seasons, and he’s sensibly decided to call it a day. He has already been involved in coaching young United players and was appointed a club ambassador last year – so it’s safe to say he has a job for life at Old Trafford. And quite right too.
As the player who scored the winning goal in Man Utd’s famous, treble-sealing Champions League final win against Bayern Munich in 1999, Ole will forever be a United legend. Not only that, but he’s one of the nicest, most modest men to have played the game. He’s also underrated – perhaps his modesty contributed to that – but true United fans appreciate his quality and worth to the team. What a stylish striker he was at his peak, and one of the deadliest finishers around. And whilst it’s a cliche to say that he has been a loyal servant to Man Yoo, it’s also true.
Ole, we wish you well. All genuine footy fans will miss you.
Click below to watch videos of Ole’s finest five moments…

1 Scores the winner against Bayern, Champions League final, 1999

2 Scores four goals after coming off the bench vs Nottm Forest

3 Selflessly hacks down Rob Lee to prevent a golden goal-scoring chance – and gets cheered for it

4 You Are My Solskjaer, My Ole Solskjaer…

5 A YouTube tribute to the great Norwegian

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  1. Chringle says:

    Bowing out gracefully at the grand old age of 15.

  2. Joel says:

    Probably the greatest tackle of all time. That’s what you call taking one for the team. Absolute legend and one of the greatest players ever to grace the Premiership. You’ll be missed! ^___^

  3. James says:

    He is what makes football great, a hard worker and a very skilled player. I will miss him :(

  4. bosh says:

    dedication to ole the living legend ……….he was a true pro as a football player but also as a human being he will be greatly missed not just by manu fans but as the whole football and non football world he has enriched us with his talent in every department and the attitude he has shown throught his career is underd off,
    he will be a great role model for kids who can learn what true dedication and honesty means. you will not hear a bad word said about him because people love and respected him for what he represented as charecter and player.ole my friend you will truly be a hero forever and we like to thank you for all the entertainment you have given us trough the years. farewell my friend