Ole Gunnar Solskjær: «The Baby-faced Assassin»


“One of the Red Devils’ LEGEND”

The Norwegian who knew exactly what to do coming from the bench, scoring 28 times as a substitute.

A Norwegian in Manchester…

Solskjaer was born in Kristiansund, Norway 1973. On the age of 16, he joined the local team in the third league of Norway scoring 17 goals in 6 matches of Otta Cup and achieved to gain a place in the first Team of the football club. He stayed there for 5 years. Solskjaer managed to score 115 score in 109 matches.

So in 1995 Molde spend $200 000 in order to sign Solskjaer, who had many scouters eyes on him from the first season and managed to score 20 goals in 26 participations following up with a second full season of 31 goals in 38 participations.

Manchester City and Everton rejected the offer for 1.2 million pounds when Sir Alex Ferguson realize that Solskjaer had all the possibilities to be a top class player. So he made that transfer happened for 1.5 million pounds. So the Norwegian kid was next to Andy Cole and Eric Cantona.

“The Baby-faced Assassin”

Proving wrong every single one who believed that he was a waste of money, Solskjaer manage to score 19 goals in his first full season, becoming the first scorer of the team and leading Man. United to the Premier League Title.

In the pick of his career Solskjaer was part of 1999 dream team winning the triple for Manchester United. Football reporters were calling him “the baby-face assassin”. From the 2000 he was “the only one” unreplaceable, supporting Van Nistelrooy, and Andy Cole. Also he was one of the team captain’s. The absolute leader!

Surgeries and the…  End

In 2003 Ole Solskjaer knee issues begin to take toll which eventually kept him out of the fields for the next 4 years. The Norwegian leader had many surgeries and he was the unluckiest player of the Red Devils. On September 2007 Solskjaer played his last match in front of  69.000 fans. Afterwards he took place next to Sir Alex Ferguson as a coach for the offensive behavior of the team.