Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Testimonial August 2nd 2008 v Espanyol
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjær will forever be associated with scoring United's winning goal in the 1999 Champions League Final, his contribution to United's successes during his time at Old Trafford should not be under estimated.
After a summer in which United had tried unsuccessfully to lure Alan Shearer away from Blackburn, they instead turned to Norway to sign the almost unknown Solskjær from Molde for a fee of £1.5m. He made his début against Blackburn on August 25th, coming off the bench and scoring within six minutes. It was a feat he would repeat frequently.
Solskjær was a keen student of the game, preferring to analyse the defensive weaknesses of the opposition from the bench rather than spend the time texting his mates. When called upon he was often deadly, on one notable occasion scoring four in ten minutes in an 8-1 win at the City Ground, Nottingham.
His career was ended prematurely by a knee injury that had limited his appearances since 2004. He eventually announced his retirement from playing in August 2007, taking up a coaching role at Old Trafford.
On November 9th 2010 he signed a four year contract with former club Molde to act as Manager. He won the Norwegian title in his first season in charge.
Solskjær was appointed manager by Cardiff City in January 2014 but failed to prevent their relegation and he was sacked in September after a poor start to their Championship campaign.