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Farewell, Ole - Though You Stay!

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said goodbye to Old Trafford yesterday. 20legend announced his retirement last September but only now could his testimonial be held.

The game, against Espanyol, was low-key: the celebrations were moving, the stands' message was emotional but the quality of the football wasn't great. Yet, as in the case of Roy Keane, it was a proper, competitive match and it wasn't arranged that Ole should score.

He did not, but typically, it did not bother him. Watching the game brought back plenty of memories which shall never be forgotten - his debut, his only sending off, his four-goal stunner and of course that winner...

Ole was humble and modest once again, and the match itself reflected his personality. We won, with a Campbell goal but it mattered little of course - and it seemed everyone forgot about Espanyol. But nobody will ever forget Solskjaer, not at Old Trafford. That would be our great loss.

"I knew this was going to be my last game at Old Trafford and today you`ve been absolutely fantastic again. You`re the best supporters in the world,' one of the most loyal players in the world said.

"Next, I`d like to thank the manager. He`s been absolutely fantastic with me.

'He has guided me through my career - I`ve had my highs, I`ve also had my lows, and he supported me very well through that time.

'I can`t thank him enough. I`m going into coaching and if I haven`t learnt from him than I can`t do coaching. So thank you, boss.

"The players… I`ve played with the best players in the world. It`s easy being a forward when you play with these players. They create chances for you - you miss one, you get another one.

'I can`t say thanks enough to them - they`ve made every minute here a special one for me. And the last 25 here, I`ll remember for the rest of my life.

'Thanks to all the staff who have supported me, who have helped me through dark periods. Most of all to the supporters - you`ve been absolutely fantastic, you kept me going."

I stress again that we'll never forget him. It won't be difficult, not now he's staying at the club - but it is great, someone like him was bound to remain at the club, the ties are too strong too severe them.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 3 2008

Time: 8:34PM

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To be honest, he was really big player
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03/08/2008 20:49:00

He is a legend.
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03/08/2008 21:07:00

What a legend and he showed why he was so good ground would have gone up if he would have scored
Patrick Bateman
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03/08/2008 21:08:00

he's a player with huge respect from fellow pros and in the united dressing room he deservres the title legend becuase he is one :D
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03/08/2008 21:31:00

I respect Solskjaer a lot - he's a model pro. Good luck to him in all his future work.
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03/08/2008 22:50:00

On a side not - Campbell impressed again. I liek the way him an Te4vez play together. Also, Fergie said we are applying for a work permit for Manucho.....Rooney, Tevez, Saha, Campbell and Mancho. Do we need Berbatov?
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03/08/2008 23:45:00

Legend, and stil with us, great stuff! And on u4l's sidenote, I am liking Campbell...
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04/08/2008 10:53:00

United4life i was supprised fergie didn't mention saha, he said we only have tevez and rooney so maybe saha will be on his way out.
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04/08/2008 14:20:00

U4L- we do need Berba, we need more experience... going with those forwards (saha being injured as always) is a gamble, last year it payed off but doubt it will happen again, long term injury to Rooney or Tevez and we would be SCREWED, still not convinced Campbell is good enough for Man Utd buthe has promise. Berbatovv would fit in PERFECT at United, he is the perfect striker for us.......if we got him it would have been an awesome buy, he is the striker we need
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04/08/2008 14:21:00

Everything about Solskjaer just showed class. He was a true legend, and one I will never forget. In an age when Ronaldo is talking about being a slave, he should look round Carrington and take a lesson from Ole - who played much of his football from the bench and yet never complained. Thank you, Ole - 20legend.
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04/08/2008 15:15:00

But if we do get Berbatov, the chances of Campbell or Manucho will be next to nothing. Ill be happy if we leave it how it is...DEPENDING if manucho gets his work permit.
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04/08/2008 16:49:00

I say loan Campbell out to Hull if we get the permit for Manucho, because IMO WE NEED(!!!!) another well proven striker. I would be hugely disappointed if we havent signed a new striker by the time we play newcastle
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04/08/2008 18:21:00

As a non Man Utd fan I always thought he was a top example of what a footballer should be like. Absolutely none of the over-inflated ego so many players have.
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04/08/2008 20:24:00

I'm not a Man U fan either (though they are my second team - shh!) and I always thought Ole Gunnar had skill.
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06/08/2008 11:50:00

What do you think the odds are for Ole to be Sir Alex's successor???
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13/08/2008 19:49:00

P.S We won't tell anyone, herringthorpe ;)
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20/08/2008 09:57:00


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