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Ole Gunnar Solskjśr (born February 26, 1973) is a Norwegian football player who currently plays for Manchester United (since July 1996). Before he came to England, he played for Clausenengen F.K. and Molde F.K.. He is married and has two children. Solskjśr is 1.78m tall and weighs 74kg.

When Alex Ferguson failed to sign Alan Shearer, he went to sign this unknown Norwegian striker. Solskjśr had scored 31 goals in 42 matches for Molde F.K. in the Norwegian Premier League, and he did not disappoint at the start of his United career, scoring six minutes into his debut as a substitute against Blackburn in the Premiership.

Solskjśr scored 18 Premiership goals for United in the first season helping United to the title in the last weeks of the season. The British media nicknamed him the "Baby-Faced Assassin" because of his youthful looks and the deadly finishing. He has an ability as a super-sub as well, and gained praises for coming on and scoring four goals in the last seventeen minutes of United's 8-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest.

Ole enjoys life at Old Trafford and didn't leave the club when a offer of £5.5m came from Spurs, among others in 1998. United fans were mightily grateful, as the slightly built Norwegian went on to score the winning goal in the Champions League Final in 1999. He is a firm favourite, inspiring many songs from "Who put the ball in the German's net?" to (to the tune of "You Are My Sunshine") "You are my Solskjśr."

He finally got the chance as a starter in 2001/02, alongside Ruud van Nistelrooy, and he took the chance with characteristic incisiveness, forcing Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke onto the subs bench, in his usual place.

By 2002/03, both Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke had left Old Trafford and Solskjśr had only the hardly-prolific Diego ForlŠn to compete with for places, but Ferguson's persistence in playing van Nistelrooy up front on his own meant that opportunities were still limited.

However, he still got his chance when David Beckham picked up an injury and the versatile Norwegian was played on the right wing. He proved himself to be a fine crosser of the ball, and still managed to pop up with crucial goals, sixteen in total for the season. It was testament to his brilliant form that he was selected to play on the right wing in crucial matches against Arsenal and Real Madrid, while Beckham was left on the bench.

In 03-04, Solskjśr found himself in and out of the United squad as he struggled with a reccuring knee problem. With the arrival of Fulham's Louis Saha in January 2004, Solskjśr found himself ousted from the United First team and returning to his original 'supersub' mantle, or indeed moving to an attacking midfield position. Solskjaer returned from injury in time to appear in the 2004 FA Cup final, which United won. However, the arrival of Alan Smith in the summer of 2004 led to rumours that he was to leave Old Trafford, touted as one of several names, along with Nicky Butt, who eventually went to Newcastle United and David Bellion offered as part-exchange for the impressive Wayne Rooney. He underwent intensive knee surgery in early August 2004 which has resulted in him missing the entire 04-05 Premiership season. Despite United's heavyweight strikeforce conceivably limiting the 32-year-old's chances of playing even when he is fit again, the Old Trafford faithful still hope to see him play for United again.

To show Solskjśr that he's not been forgotten while out injured, the United faithful have added a banner to the famous collection that lines the Stretford End reading "20 Legend." Solskjśr recently became a patron of the fans action group Shareholders United which is dedicated to fighting the takeover of Manchester United.

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