Solskjaer retires from football

Manchester United striker, and one of Norway’s leading international football player through all times, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retires from football after 11 years in the Premier League.

The internationally renowned footballer announced his retirement from Manchester United on 28 August due to a long-term injury. Although he will no longer be seen in action as a player at Old Trafford, Solskjaer is set to appear as a coach for the club.

Despite a decade as a top player at Manchester United, the Solskjaer has never shown any prima donna attitude. He is still just a humble footballer from Kristiansund, on the west cost of Norway. “I’m very pleased with my achievements as a football player. I can look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that in did what I could”, Solskjaer said in his typically modest way at a press conference.

Solskjaer is also a man with social consciousness, and has been promoting children’s rights through his work as a UNICEF ambassador with his team. He is a legend in Manchester and is known by many names such as “Sunny”, “20Legend” or just “Legend”. The supporters have even granted him with his own chant. While he was still playing in Norway, he soon got the nick-name “Goalskjaer” (“Målskjær”).

Solskjaer made his debut for Clausenengen in his hometown when he was 17 years old. In 1994, Åge Hareide, the current coach for the Norwegian national team, brought the legend to Molde Football Club, before he headed to Manchester in 1996.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a UNICEF assignment in South Africa.Photo: Thomas Myhren/ UNICEF Norway

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