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Man Utd to mark Solskjaer career

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was one of United's heroes in 1999

Manchester United will pay tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in August with a testimonial match to mark the Norwegian's 11-year career at the club.

The Solskjaer testimonial match will be against Espanyol of Spain on 2 August at Old Trafford, and form part of the team's pre-season preparations.

Striker Solskjaer retired last August due to injury problems after netting 126 goals in 366 appearances.

"I am delighted to be given this game by the club," said the 34-year-old.

"It will be a very emotional day for me, to play one last time at Old Trafford in front of our amazing fans.


"I am going to savour every moment and I hope the fans and Manchester United can also share in my special day."

Solskjaer, who is now on the club's coaching staff, cost United just 1.5m in July 1996.

He frequently made telling contributions from the bench, notably in the 1999 Champions League final when he scored the winning goal.

He also famously netted four goals in 12 minutes in a substitute appearance against Nottingham Forest.

Manchester United chief executive David Gill said: "Ole is one of Manchester United's true professionals.

"We look forward to hosting the first pre-season game at Old Trafford in honour of Ole's illustrious career."

see also
Solskjaer career photos
28 Aug 07 |  Football

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