Ole "Baby-Faced Assassin" Solskjaer to be given hero's send off

ThomasSenior Writer IAugust 1, 2008

From the moment Ole Solskjaer stepped on the pitch and started shooting goals, everyone knew he was special.

"The first training session we did with Ole was a shooting session and he was just unbelievable. I remember going home that day and telling my mates we’d just signed the new Alan Shearer." Ryan Giggs, left-winger for Manchester United and close friend of Ole Solskjaer 

On Saturday, August 2nd, Manchester United's Norwegian striker, Ole Solskjaer will be playing his final game in a Red Devils jersey. Ole, 35, will be wearing his number 20 jersey as he and Manchester United face off against Espanyol. This game will be Solskjaer's first time to play since August of 2007, when he retired from soccer because of injury.

Throughout his eleven-year career Solskjaer has earned a reputation as The Baby-Faced Assassin for his role in scoring goals when they were needed most. He made a total of 366 appearances for the club and scored 126 goals. His most famous goal was in 1999, against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou, which gave Manchester United the win in the final of the Champions League. During the 2006/2007 season, Solkjaer was struggling to keep fit. He spent most of the season training with the first team instead of playing with them.

In August of 2007, he officially retired from soccer. Since then, he has still been active with the club. He has worked with the first team and the reserve team. After his last game, he will take control of the reserve team. Many fans will miss the Baby-Faced Assassin an wish him the best for the future.