Six times a Premier League title winner as a player with Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a member of United’s treble winning team of 1999, famously scoring the injury time winner in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. On the international stage he represented Norway 67 times and played at the 1998 World Cup and at Euro 2000.
Forced to retire through injury in 2007, he remained at Manchester United in a coaching role and became the club’s reserve team manager in 2008. While in this position, he coached United’s reserves to the Premier Reserve League title in 2010.
Returning to his native Norway in 2011, he was appointed manager of his former club, Molde. He led them to back-to-back Tippeligaen titles in his first two seasons and enjoyed further success when he helped the club to victory in the 2013 Norwegian Football Cup Final.
In January 2014, he joined Cardiff City as manager but he couldn’t prevent the club’s relegation from the Premier League and he subsequently returned to Molde for a second stint in charge.
Having finished the 2018 league season as runners up, shortly before the end of the year Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager of Manchester United. His first match in charge saw him secure a 5-1 victory over his former club, Cardiff City. It was the first time Manchester United had scored five goals or more in a Premier League fixture since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of the club.
Such was the immediate turnaround in the team’s form, he was voted Premier League Manager of the Month for January 2019, and by the end of March, having won 14 of his 19 matches in charge, Solskjaer was appointed as Manchester United manager on a permanent basis.
In 2019-20 he led the club back into the Champions League.