This week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced that he will be ending his 14 year association with Manchester United and returning to manage his former club Molde. Over the years Solskjaer has provided Manchester United with some amazing memories, none more so than his winner in the Champions League final in 1999. Solskjaer, as a player and coach is adored by the Manchester United fans and it will be sad to see the Norwegian leave. However, the striker has left Manchester United with some great memories, and below is a selection of them.
v Bayern Munich, Champions League final, Barcelona 26/05/99
What more needs to be said?
Continue to PAGE TWO for more Magic Solskjaer Moments…
v Liverpool, FA Cup, 24/01/99
A goal that kept the treble dream alive. Manchester United were trailing to Liverpool before an equaliser, and up stepped Solskjaer with nerves of steel to win the game and send Manchester United through. He wrong footed David James and nestled a 12 yard strike inside the near post. If United had lost that day, the season could have looked a lot different for United and Solskjaer.
Continue to PAGE THREE for more Magic Solskjaer Moments…
v Nottingham Forrest, Premiership, 06/02/99
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored four goals inside 10 minutes at the City Ground. United had raced into a 4-1 lead against a diabolical Nottingham Forest side. Both Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke had scored two each but it was Solskjaer, from the bench, who was to grab a hat trick. The definitive super sub had just super sized the accepted parameters of his trade, and no cause would ever be lost again.
Continue to PAGE FOUR for more Magic Solskjaer Moments…
v Charlton, Premiership, 23/08/06
The Norwegian knew that his playing time at Old Trafford was coming to an end due to persistent injuries. This was his last goal for Manchester United, and who could deny that he deserved his wish of one more. He saluted the Manchester United support, and in kind they saluted him back. Through three years of injury misery, he was motivated by scoring another goal for Manchester United – a true Manchester United legend.
Continue to PAGE FIVE for more Magic Solskjaer Moments…
v Newcastle, Premiership, 18/04/98
Manchester United had lost ground in the title race and were looking to be loosing their grip on the Premier League title. Manchester United threw everyone forward for a late corner, but Newcastle in the shape of Rob Lee broke and was clear on goal. In an act of pure selflessness, Solskjaer chased Lee down – despite being 10 yards behind him. He hacked the midfielder down, and was shown the red card but it showed in an age of rampant egotism there were selfless footballers who would do their all to prevent a defeat. Maybe not his finest moment, but this act – or Manchester United fans at least – showed his commitment to the cause.