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Arise, Sir Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will forever have a place in United’s history books and in the hearts of the supporters, as a class act, a great goalscorer, a trophy winner, a model professional, and generally, a bloody good bloke.

His great nature has been recognised at the weekend with the presentation of the Royal Norwegian order of St.Olav First Class, for being an important role model. The ceremony took place in his home town, Kristiansund, where he became the youngest ever recipient of the Norwegian knighthood.

“This award is the result of the work of all those around me, both family and coaches,” said Solskjaer. “I have just tried to do my best as a footballer.”

When the announcement of the knighthood was made at the start of the year, Egil Vindorum, head of the Oslo place chancellery, explained the reasons behind it.

“What is being honored are his attitudes, his way of being. He is a role model for children and young people,” said Vindorum. “What he did on the soccer field has nothing to do with it. We’ll leave that to others, like the Norwegian Football Federation.”

The mayor of Kristiansund, Dagfinn Ripnes, reinforced this message. “Many in his position become playboys and suffer symptoms from being a star,” he said. “Ole Gunnar remained the same down-to-earth, good guy.”

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  1. JIM says:

    the world legend gets used far far to much in all walks of life but as a man and as a footballer

    this man is a legend

  2. a says:

    I’m from Kristiansund, the mayor is not Dagfinn Ripnes, but Kristian Øyen.

  3. buluma says:

    unlike many stars,he was very down to earth as expressed in his way of celebration after scoring goals.he sincerly is ahero of all time not only in footballing but also in all walks of life,he deserves it.long life sir. (did you know that because of his name-ole,kenyans brag that he is a maasai from kenya?)

  4. Haakon says:

    Ole ole ole!

  5. meko420 says:

    fuckin brilliant…to this day wen eva i buy Man Utd jerseys @ least 1 of them has to b an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer one…tha guy is fuckin brilliant…Ole Ole Allday…

  6. Red-Manc says:


  7. Ste says:

    He is the definition of the word Legend!

  8. DuudeLove says:

    it’s got a good ring to it

  9. jon jonson says:

    congrats sir ole…you’ll always be in my heart

  10. Harry says:

    Is there a more deserving person than Ole. Pure class in everything he did. Just as a side note. I was wondering if part of the qualification for running one of our senior teams is you being a Knight, 1st team Sir Alex, reserves Sir Ole?

  11. albeeee says:

    who you gonna call when you need four goals in ten minutes?

  12. SULLY [South Africa] says:

    RESPECT 20LEgend

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  14. rabin says:

    Sir Ole.. Man Utd’s Lion forever. Congrats Sir

  15. Ilham says:

    this man is TRULLY LEGEND in Manchester United.thanks for your sacrifice

  16. Ilham says:

    this man is TRULLY LEGEND for Manchester United and Norway

  17. mckendrick says:

    Any chance of Photoshopping that piece of s**t Tevez off the end of that picture…?

  18. mckendrick says:

    Sir Ole…. future United manager? I think so.


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