Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a Norwegian professional football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of English club Manchester United. As a player, he played as a forward and spent most of his career with Manchester United. Solskjær also supervises a training academy for young footballers in his home town of Kristiansund, and is a patron of the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust.
Solskjær was born in Kristiansund, Møre og Romsdal to Øyvind, a Greco-Roman wrestling champion, and Brita Solskjær. At the age of seven, he joined local football club Clausenengen, who were in the 3. divisjon. Solskjær supported Liverpool as a child. Further, between 1992 and 1993, Solskjær completed a mandatory year’s national service in the Norwegian Army.
Early career at Clausenengen
Solskjær debuted for Clausenengen (CFK) at 17 years old in 1990. Ole Gunnar Solskjær participated in the Otta Cup, scoring seventeen goals in six matches. On 21 May 1993, CFK faced Molde in the Norwegian Football Cup, with Solskjær scoring Clausenengen’s only goal in their 6–1 defeat. Solskjær’s final season at the club was in 1994, with him scoring 31 of CFK’s 47 goals. There he was helping the club achieve a mid-table finish of sixth place. In Solskjær’s five years playing for Clausenengen, he averaged more than a goal a game, scoring 115 goals in 109 matches.
Solskjær made his international debut in a friendly match against Jamaica on 26 November 1995, just a few months before he joined Manchester United. The game finished in a 1–1 draw with Solskjær scoring the only goal for Norway. He continued his great goal scoring start by scoring three goals in his first competitive appearances. And that was for the national team during the 1998 World Cup qualifying campaign. Similarly, Solskjær played in both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 for Norway.
Following his lengthy layout to injuries Solskjær made his full game comeback on 2 September 2006. And that was when he scored the first and last goals in a 4–1 win against Hungary in a Euro 2008 qualifying match. They would be his last goals for the national team taking his tally up to 23 goals.
Personal life of Ole Gunnar Solskjær
During his time in England, Solskjær lived in Bramhall with his wife, Silje. Similarly, with their three children, Noah, Karna and Elijah. Further, Noah is also a footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Kristiansund BK. And made his professional debut in a friendly against Ole’s Manchester United side in July 2019. Further, Solskjær is the youngest ever recipient of the knighthood, usually bestowed upon notable members of society in their later years.
- Full name: Ole Gunnar Solskjær
- Date of birth 26 February 1973
- Age: 46
- Place of birth: Kristiansund, Norway
- Height: 78 m (5 ft 10 in)
- Playing position: Forward
- Current team: Manchester United (manager)
- Nationality: Norwegian
- Spouse: Silje Solskjær
- Teams coached: Manchester United F.C. (Association football manager, since 2019), etc.
- Children: Noah Solskjær, Elijah Solskjær, Karna Solskjær
- Net Worth: N/A
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