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August 28, 2007

So Long And Thanks For All The Cups

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, one of the few modern footballers about which it’s really rather tricky to find faults, is retiring. A couple of comments on the BBC 606 website have grumbled about this leaving Manchester United with even fewer strikers, but we all know in our heart of hearts that he’s not been able to take the strain for at least three or four years.

Even so, it’s a big psychological loss. The man is commonly regarded by real Man Utd fans as one of the genuine greats. Whilst he never had a secure first team place he still managed to score goals of quality, quantity and necessity. He’s managed to be remembered and loved despite having, at various times, to compete for a spot with Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistlerooy, Andy Cole, Dwight York, Louis Saha, Teddy Sheringham.

Of all of Man Utd’s attacking talent of the last fifteen years only one has scored four goals from the bench. Only one has had a good season playing out on the right wing to replace a bigger name. Only one has scored the winner in a Champions’ League Final.

Even my mum, a diehard Liverpool fan (so diehard she won’t read this tonight as she off to see them play Toulouse) likes Ole, along with Giggs, the only Man Utd player of the 1990s and 2000s she’s said she genuinely likes rather than merely admires (and moans about when they beat Liverpool).

Never complaining about being on the bench, never wanting a big money move when he was such a valued component in a team. Considering the silly money paid for players today, what chance of another £1.5m wonder?

Cheers Ole, you’re a Man Utd legend.

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