Today we celebrate the 48th birthday of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by taking a brief look back on his career story.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a Red Devil through and through. He spent the bulk of his playing career at Old Trafford, coached the reserves, became a patron of the club’s Supporters’ Trust, and is now manager of the first-team itself.
The man, nicknamed as ‘The Baby-faced Assassin’, began his career in his native Norway with hometown club Kristiansund and Molde before completing a £1.5 million transfer to Manchester United in July 1996.
Hardly anybody knew of Solskjaer back then. Many assumed Sir Alex Ferguson would go all-out for Alan Shearer, who left Blackburn for Newcastle instead, and had questioned the manager’s choice of striker.
But it didn’t take long for Ole to silence those doubts, with the Norwegian quickly becoming a fan favorite. He made 366 appearances for United and scored 126 goals, including the match-winner in the famous 2-1 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 1999 to secure the club an unprecedented treble.
Solskjaer, who earned a reputation as a ‘super sub’ for his decisive goals off the bench, ended his playing career in 2007.
The former striker remained at Old Trafford, however, in a reserve team coaching role and an ambassadorial capacity. And after spells in charge of Molde and Cardiff City, he landed his dream job in December 2018 as United manager on an interim basis.
A strong run of results later made him the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Everyone here on Ace Football wishes Ole a happy 48th birthday and all the best for the upcoming year.
Here are some of the best tributes on Twitter today.
Over 1️⃣6️⃣ years with the club ❤️
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 26, 2021
Happy Birthday Ole Gunnar Solskjaer! 🎂
4️⃣8️⃣ today pic.twitter.com/KMFLJQD2oZ
— Goal (@goal) February 26, 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 48 yaşında. pic.twitter.com/4E82OnX8zQ
— De Marke Sports (@demarkesports) February 26, 2021
Happy birthday Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 🎂 🇳🇴
Throwback to THAT goal in the #UCL final, which wrote the Norwegian into Manchester United folklore!
Ole will be hoping his side get all three points against Chelsea this weekend! 😉
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) February 26, 2021