As United fans we all know how important Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been to the club. He was probably not a “media obvious” future coach; everyone seemed more caught up with Beckham, Keane, Cantona. For me I was thrilled, Solskjaer is one of my favourite United Legends.
He was my late Granny’s favourite footballer; she always said she loved how he was always smiling. It’s true he was and he still does have that fantastic quality. The fact he was called the “baby faced assassin” really does sum him up very well, don’t judge him on that innocent smile as he will punish you.
The celebration scene above for the crucial winning goal in the 1999 Champions League Final has very mixed emotions for me. The goal was so important, I remember screaming around the house when Sheringham had scored and made it 1-1 but when Solskjaer scored I was in absolute delirium. The treble was ours and Solskjaer had scored the winning goal, but sadly the celebration would soon come back to haunt us and more importantly him.
Solskjaer was forced to retire from football in 2007, after several knee operations it was time to “hang up his playing boots”. It has been a talked about theory that the famous “knee slide” had caused the knee damage in the first place. Now when I look at the above picture it actually makes me want to cry, a night of such celebration ended with such pain for him in later years.
We have all seen how footballers retire and some disappear of the radar or spiral into debt or drug problems, but this was never going to be the case for Solskjaer. He always seemed so levelheaded and ultimately a complete professional. Now as the Manchester United Coach of the Reserve Team he is carrying on enjoying the successes that he has done as a player.
He has also been asked to be Norway National Team manager, a role he turned down apparently stating, “it was not the right time”. As the time is fading on Sir Alex’s time at Old Trafford (as much as we hate to admit it) and whilst there are a few names to throw into the hat I don’t think we can cast aside Solskjaer’s coaching success or how much he means to the club and of course it’s fans.
I personally would like to see Solskjaer taking a more prominent role at United, I feel Assistant Manager would be a great role for him. With Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes due to be retiring soon there is a definite case for a United backroom staff of some United legends helping to reinforce the “United way”.
All I know is Norway and all other clubs can keep their hands off and
“Please don’t take my Solskjaer away”
Written by Sarah.
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