Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is set to take charge of his first training session on Thursday morning after arriving from Norway on Wednesday night. The legendary striker brings back the ‘Feel-good factor’ that has been missing at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013. He will be deputized by another popular figure Mike Phelan. Today, we want to look at five important facts about Manchester United new boss.
5. Red Devil Loyal Soldier
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Ole Gunnar Solskjær played for only two clubs in his career; these are Molde and Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson usually used him from the bench and several clubs came for him with a promise for more minutes on the pitch. However, he turned them down to stay at Old Trafford.
He once said;
“I didn’t mind. Obviously, I wanted to prove to the gaffer that I deserved to play more, but he had me exactly where he wanted me.
The time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked what he thought of Liverpool's title challenge 🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/ogytBm6C9q
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“He knew that when he put me on the bench I’d be rather irritated but I’d come on and give my all.
“I’d rather have that role and make an impact than play 200 games and be average.”
His agent was not impressed by his stubborn love for Manchester United.
“I didn’t want to go; my agent did. He said he had never met a person as stubborn as me. But I was right. I normally am!”
4. Goals- 126 Goals in 366 Apps
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a player at @manutd, 1996-2007.
Major trophies: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/LndPqfAppO
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Ole Gunnar Solskjær spent 11 years at Manchester United. He joined the club in 1996/97 season from Norwegian club Molde. Sir Alex Ferguson liked to use him from the bench and he went on to play 366 times for the Red Devils scoring 126 times. He will be on Romelu Lukaku neck especially in regard to his terrible first touch. In Premier League, he scored 91 goals and assisted 37 more.
3. Manager Honours- 7 Trophies
Ole Gunnar Solskjær had a disastrous stint at Cardiff City a few years ago. He couldn’t save them from the drop. It is going to be interesting to see what kind of reception he will get when he leads Manchester United this weekend.
For those asking what the legendary striker has won as a manager, well, he has not won big trophies in Europe top five leagues but he managed to deliver 4 titles during his time as reserves manager at Old Trafford plus 2 League titles and a Cup during his stint at Molde FC.
Manchester United Reserves
- Premier Reserve League: 2009–10
- Premier Reserve League North: 2009–10
- Lancashire Senior Cup: 2008–09
- Manchester Senior Cup: 2009
- Tippeligaen: 2011, 2012
- Norwegian Football Cup: 2013