United stalwart retires

Solskjaer quits due to knee injury

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United stalwart retires

Solskjaer: Forced to quit

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Manchester United favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has retired due to a knee injury, according to Sky Sports News.

Solskjaer will be forever remembered in United folklore for scoring the dramatic winner in the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 1999.

That goal was one of almost 130 he scored for The Red Devils after joining from Molde in a £1.5million transfer 11 years ago.

He made over 360 appearances for the club, but recent seasons have been blighted by injury.

The 34-year-old did maintain a level of fitness last season, scoring 11 goals as United won the title and reached the FA Cup final.

But he did not figure during the pre-season campaign after undergoing a knee operation over the summer.

This was expected to be his final season as a player at Old Trafford, but he has now decided to announce his retirement.

Solskjaer's decision to quit could prompt Sir Alex Ferguson to rethink his attacking options prior to the close of the transfer window.

Along with Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Louis Saha, Solskjaer was expected to form part of Ferguson's plans up front.

But the United manager may now require further reinforcements in attack, having been linked with Bolton Wanderers' forward Nicolas Anelka.

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Top Rankine (Manchester United fan) says...

You will be missed Ole. We will never forget you always was favorite and will always be favorite to every Manchester United Fan. Take care of yourself

Posted 17:30 30th August 2007

Huzi G (Manchester United fan) says...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer! The best finisher i have ever seen.One of the best players ever signed by Sir Alex.On and off the field, a true gentleman.I would like to see him succeed as Man Utd Manager after Sir Alex becoz of his passion for Man Utd!

Posted 15:11 30th August 2007

Adrian Sharp says...

I would just like to add my thanks to a true professional in every sense of the word. Thanks for the memories and of course the never to be forgotten moment at thee Nou camp in 99 but also the many other moments of a distinguished career.

Posted 10:12 28th August 2007

Stuart Mcdonald says...

Ole was without a doubt the best 1.5m signing the world has ever seen in football. Thanks for the memories especially at the nou camp!!

Posted 10:07 28th August 2007

Imran M (Manchester United fan) says...

Ole will go down in United history, he won us the Champions League. After all the injuries he had it was just a matter of time until he hung up his boots. A legend, a gentleman on the pitch you will be missed at Old Trafford and the Premiership.

Posted 09:21 28th August 2007

Kjartan Brekke (Manchester United fan) says...

Thanks for all you have done for United and Norway. Norway will never see a player of your caliber and attitude again. I'm looking forward to the match on Saturday and to give you a proper send off! Good luck on your coaching career!!!

Posted 07:23 28th August 2007

Hasan Rahma (Manchester United fan) says...

It is as sad as losing a cup final. Ole was such an example to all professional footballers. We will miss his decisive goals, teamwork and his wonderful smile after every goal he scored. I just wish he remains at United, whether as a coach or scout. Wish him all the best.

Posted 07:11 28th August 2007

Jim Smith says...

I am a Liverpool fan but wish Ole all the best. He played football the way it should be, with a smile on his face, he truly enjoyed it. He will be missed from the game.

Posted 07:08 28th August 2007

Darren B (Manchester United fan) says...

The 1st man to make me cry over a football game!!!! I'll always remember the feeling after "99 Ole..You are a legend.....hope you stick around OT to educate the future!!

Posted 06:05 28th August 2007

Joey Hawe (Manchester United fan) says...

A big thank you to Ole for everything he's done for United,hopefully he will stay on at the club in some capacity,he could never be replaced and never be forgotten.

Posted 04:46 28th August 2007

Mike ******* (Arsenal fan) says...

As an Arsenal fan you dont hear us praising other teams regularly but Ole was a magnificent talent in his day and I think you'l agree in saying he should be inducted into Man Utd's hall of fame. I hope he takes up coaching , as we could do with a decent attacking coach at the minute ;)

Posted 04:13 28th August 2007

Jay Long (Manchester United fan) says...

Genuine legend! Honest professional, good sportsman and fully committed! Top bloke, top footballer. Will be sorely missed! OLEgend!

Posted 00:40 28th August 2007

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