Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Solskjaer Calls It a Day

Unlike his appearance, the Babyfaced Assassin's knees aren't so youthful. In a glittering and sporadic career burdened by injury, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will retire from football at the age of 34 after 11 seasons at Old Trafford. Perhaps known best for scoring the winning goal for Manchester United in the Champions League final of 1999, the Norwegian striker was known for late goals in key situations.

Last year, Solskjaer contributed 13 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils. Not bad for a 33-year old with a wonky knee coming off the bench. And not a bad piece of business for Sir Alex, who bought the player for less than $3M from Norwegian club Molde in 1996. Solskjaer scored 126 times for United in 366 appearances, as well as 23 times in 67 appearances for Norway, but it's that last goal in that treble year that will evoke the echoes of "Ole Ole Ole Ole" at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer Confirms Retirement, Gets Ferguson, Gill Tribute [Goal.com]

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