Solskjaer to retire at 34
Long-time Manchester United
striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed he will retire.
11 years at Old Trafford, the Norwegian striker Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer announced his plans to retire, after continuous
problems with a knee injury. Solskjaer is 34 years old, but
always placing Manchester United before his personal health
forced the striker to make this decision. He will remain at
Manchester United as a coaching assistance and will represent
the Red Devils as an official ambassador of the club.
“I would like to thank the manager.
The coaching and medical staff and most of all the supporters,
who have supported me through my career. They have been
fantastic and were a real inspiration to me when I was out
injured. The support the fans and the staff showed me during
that time was the main motivation for me making my comeback. I
feel proud to have represented Manchester United for 11 years
and have some very special memories," Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
said, after announcing his retirement.
Solskjaer joined United on July 1996
from the Norwegian Molde F.K., for a transfer fee of £1.5
million and has been with the club since, scoring 92 goals from
235 appearances. In 1998, offers for the young footballer came
from many other Premiership clubs, but Solskjaer decided to stay
with Manchester United and scored the winning goal in the 1999
victory at the UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern
Munich, helping United get the Treble that same year. The
dedication of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Manchester United inspired
fan-songs such as "Who Put the Ball in the Germans' Net?" and
"You Are My Solskjaer".
United fans still worship the Norwegian
striker, even though he has been plagued by injuries in the past
few seasons, rarely appearing on the field. However, in 2006 Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer signed a contract with Manchester United, which
would allow him to develop his coaching abilities - he may be
retiring from active football, but not from Manchester United.
Published on 08/28/2007