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Football: Injury forces Devils ace to retire.

MANCHESTER United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to retire after admitting defeat in his long-running battle with knee injuries.

The Norwegian forward, who scored the winner in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich as

United won the treble in 1999, made several comebacks in the last four years but has failed to fully overcome the problem.

The 34-year-old - who has not appeared in any of the Red Devils' matches so far this season - will finally admit defeat in his fight

with injury and call it a day.

Solskjaer's last game was the FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea on May 19 when he came on as a substitute.

He has already spent time at Man U coaching young players as he looks forward to life after his playing career.

Solskjaer, dubbed the baby-faced assassin, joined United from Molde for pounds 1.5m in 1996 and has firmly established himself as a hero at Old Trafford.

The former Norway international has made 366 appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson over the years, scoring 126 goals.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2007
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