On the outskirts of a dinky Norwegian metropolis, population 25,000, there is a signal taking a scrutinize down from the tip of a hillside, Hollywood fashion.
It once read ‘KRISTIANSUND’. That is the title of this extinct fishing and bushes metropolis, surrounded by sea and fjords, now also formed by oil and pure gasoline reserves off the cruise.
This is where Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was once born and raised.
On the day BBC Sport visited, it spelled ’20LEGEND’, referencing Solskjaer’s extinct United shirt amount and the actual situation he has amongst the club’s followers. It symbolises the sense of pleasure felt here for their “boy subsequent door”, who grew up to be “the most common man in Norway”.
BBC Sport travelled to Kristiansund as piece of a sure feature to be broadcast on Football Focal level on BBC One at 12:00 BST on Saturday, Thirteen April.
So ideal how has Solskjaer’s dwelling metropolis influenced him? And what about his impact on the situation where he grew up?
The smartly-known wrestler
Tore Lovikis director of the Kristiansund Atletklubb, a wrestling club in Kristiansund based mostly in 1939.
Ole Gunnar’s father Oivind was once six times the wrestling champion of Norway. He must hang got a cup for that but on fable of he lived to this level out within the sticks he didn’t get it. He competed within the European and world championships as smartly.
Oivind has his maintain wrestling switch named after him – it be one that he developed himself and that’s very hard to beat. It’s an clever switch, one that folk never quiz to happen. They would always quiz one thing and he would carry out this something else. It’s a mountainous a reason why he received so many championships.
Ole Gunnar himself wrestled for two years – between the ages of eight and 10. He was once no longer if truth be told very lawful – no longer as lawful as he was once at football – but he was once a mountainous piece of that world and with his dad would lumber coaching, working up and down the ideal mountain within the situation, which is about 830m excessive. Up and down.
Wrestling is a gargantuan sport for building up personality, you be taught to get rid of a success, and it helps floor individuals. Ole Gunnar’s dad would present him he should always prepare his weaknesses. In wrestling you hang to very worthy care for that – bettering what you are worst at, to get your self a better particular person all spherical.
So Ole Gunnar would prepare loads his weaker foot but possibly he also discovered from wrestling that in football he doesn’t hang to lumber down as with out complications, and that he has the strength to be accessible on his maintain within the center.
The total of Kristiansund is terribly ok with him. And we’re very contented that he was once a better football player than he was once a wrestler.
The boy subsequent door
John Marius Dybvikis chairman of Clausenengen FK, Solskjaer’s first club, who now play within the decrease regional amateur leagues.
He expert loads. He was once no longer gratified easiest going to organised coaching. He also expert by himself. He was once extremely motivated as well to extremely talented.
Ole Gunnar always regarded very younger, subsequently his nickname, the dinky one-faced assassin, and he performed at our senior level from 1990 when he was once 17. He scored many of targets for this club. We had been already proud when he left for Molde in 1994 and then rather more so when he joined Manchester United two years later – it was once astronomical.
When he came help after taking half in for United every person was once a piece wide title-struck. He’s by some distance the most common and smartly-known Norwegian, but he also shall be luxuriate in the boy subsequent door.
The day forward of he left for Manchester United to alter into short supervisor in December he was once coaching our ladies’ below-17 facet and talking to them as company. So it be rather odd what took situation subsequent.
We had heard on the news he might perhaps well get the resolution and there was once hypothesis but he didn’t bellow something else. We had been making relaxing of it: ‘Are you leaving the girls below-17s for Manchester United?’
And then he did! The gamers and the complete teens had been going wild.
The younger leader
Arild Stavrumwas once Solskjaer’s group-mate at local club Clausenengen, where they both started their careers within the Norwegian fourth tier, joining in 1990. They then performed but again collectively at Norwegian top-flight facet Molde, whom Solskjaer joined in 1994. Two years later, Solskjaer signed for United for £1.5m. Stavrum went on to play for Aberdeen and Besiktas.
We grew up about 500m from every assorted and as teens we performed football collectively the complete time. From the age of about 10 years extinct we had been always struggling with for the local championship against one other group from Kristiansund – it felt luxuriate in the biggest derby on the planet. They had been always such even video games – we received one, they received one.
One match I endure in thoughts waking up taking a scrutinize up at Ole Gunnar and the the relaxation of the group, I’d been knocked out. It was once if truth be told hard, but that form of competitors, it made us footballers.
It’s laborious to claim at that age any individual is going to be a pacesetter of males. You hang got to hang expertise and grow into this kind of role. Nonetheless even when he was once very younger Ole Gunnar always had an realizing of the sport.
He was once technical, if truth be told like a flash, he might perhaps well shoot – you would possibly peek parts of what he would change into but he was once a piece dinky for his age within the early years so he was once possibly pushed spherical a piece bit. Then he with out note grew into it, and all of us if truth be told saw what a talent he was once.
You no longer regularly ever saw him consume more than two touches, that was once his mountainous skill. Then there was once his finishing, down into the corner and faraway from the keeper, every time.
Plus his realizing of the sport. He’s a trim guy and he has change into rather more venerable and he’s plan more of a pacesetter now. Must you are teens it be more intuitive, but this form of adjustments on the tip of your profession.
All and sundry always learns loads from their managers – lawful and scary – on fable of you would possibly well well also determine what now to no longer retain out. The indispensable ones we had in Clausenengen had been if truth be told lawful, then at Molde our supervisor was once Age Hareide, the supervisor of Denmark now, and then Ole Gunnar also had Sir Alex Ferguson. He had a gargantuan training.
The role model
Christian Michelsen is Kristiansund BK supervisor. Kristiansund venerable to hang easiest two groups – Kristiansund FK and Clausenengen FK. In 2003 they determined to return collectively and impact a new 1/three club – with the function of breaking into the nation’s best division – whereas continuing to play within the decrease leagues themselves. Kristiansund BK started within the 1/three tier and reached the tip flight Eliteserien in 2017, where they soundless compete.
It’s a piece embarrassing. I’m with out a doubt one of the essential hundreds of teens who if truth be told regarded up to Ole Gunnar increasing up. He’s easiest a couple of years older but for me as a piece boy he was once form of a role model. All and sundry admired him as a outcome of his pure talent and the methodology he performed.
We had been and not using a damage in sight taking half in football – within the morning, after faculty, all day prolonged on the weekends – and he was once always including assorted individuals, even us younger ones. It was once so not possible taking half in with the bigger boys and Ole Gunnar.
We venerable to arrange our maintain tournaments, and after I used to be once 10 he was once spherical Thirteen or 14 and he managed my group. That might perhaps had been the first time for him. Having the prolonged bustle Manchester United supervisor responsible, we might perhaps well no longer carry out something else but catch.
Nothing surprises me with Ole Gunnar. He has been plucky all his life. As an illustration, the Champions League function in 1999. He acknowledged he had scored that function many, regularly forward of, within the park, coaching by myself, serious about particular moments, imagining key moments in fits.
Nonetheless he has always had his feet on the ground and knows where he comes from. He has appreciate for every person – that tells you all the pieces about Ole Gunnar.
He’s an clever guy, reflective. He knows loads about all the pieces, and must you talk with him his arguments are always smartly thought thru.
He’s a supervisor who will procure a group with every person struggling with for the club. He’s always been a group player, always taking care of company and household.
The household values
Ole Olsencoached Solskjaer both at Clausenengen and Molde. He’s now retired.
I met him for the first time when he was once 9 or 10 years extinct, at a football faculty. He caught the gape at once. He was once lawful with both feet; his methodology was once lovely. It regarded luxuriate in he slept with the ball in his mattress.
Nonetheless he was once very attracted to the tactics too. That is terribly routine for a boy of 10 – always asking questions: ‘Why that? Why that? Why that?’
He scored a form of targets every three hundred and sixty five days but he was once worthy smaller than the others and was once hammered a piece. We expert a piece his strength and when he came around that, he was once pointing easiest one methodology.
I expert him till he was once 12, and then from 17 to 21 when he was once at Molde. Then he went to Manchester United.
He was once the most attention-grabbing player I had but he was once also a if truth be told lawful comrade with the assorted boys. He was once the leader of the group as a outcome of his skill and every person regarded up to him, but he didn’t let that lumber to his head, never. He was once very particular as a footballer and as a particular person too.
I’ve been in football 50 years and I’ve never considered something else luxuriate in him, never. He was once one in one million.
You possibly also can peek it now in how he handles the media, and the complete mountainous stars – always with a smile, a clap on the shoulder. That is his strength. His feet are planted on the ground. He never takes off.
I’m no longer stunned by what he has finished. He always had the flexibility and I’m very ok with him. The methodology he’s on the pitch and specifically off the pitch he’s a sure guy. That’s what you peek at Manchester United now.
It comes from household. On account of this he’s luxuriate in that. He’s the identical with every person, the easier individuals and the decrease individuals. A smile charges nothing he says, and that’s correct.
He has already done something with the ambiance at United, by some means bringing it help to the Nineties. He discovered very worthy from Sir Alex Ferguson, the methodology he handled it. He’s doing worthy the identical now as when he came help to Molde from Cardiff – he implanted United’s fashion and they received the championship.
Sir Alex is luxuriate in a mentor for Ole Gunnar. He soundless calls him the boss and always talks very extremely of him. It’s a prolonged methodology to lumber, help to lately, but if anybody can get rid of them there, he can.
The organising supervisor
Ole Gunnar lived here till he was once 21 or something luxuriate in that. He has a mountainous reference to his childhood metropolis. I also know he has a mountainous reference to Manchester. He’s divided between these two locations.
He felt luxuriate in a pure alternative for United. It was once evident they main a alternate in direction, that forward of they got mountainous names who had no reference to the club. Then when he started a success video games the complete time it was once no surprise he got the eternal job.
The essential mission now for him is to proceed to electrify. You hang got to alter into better and better and better in administration – it is a relentless battle. Let’s keep in mind, Jose Mourinho, who has been a ravishing supervisor for thus decades, from the exterior it felt luxuriate in he ideal stopped organising.
All and sundry in Norway is cheering for Ole Gunnar. There are possibly a couple of Liverpool followers who might perhaps well disagree, but Ninety 9% are taking half in Manchester United a success and we are ok with being piece of that in a dinky methodology.
You never know, he might perhaps had been a hell of a wrestler, but I mediate he made the lawful alternative.
You possibly also can watch the actual feature broadcast on Football Focal level on BBC One at 12:00 BST on Saturday, Thirteen April (except in Scotland).