Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will announce his retirement today at the age of 34.
The Norwegian has been plagued by a series of knee injuries in recent season. Known as the “Baby-Faced Assassin”, Solskjaer sustained the injury in September 2003 during a 5-0 victory over Panathinaikos.
“My thigh bone and shin knocked together and I got a hole in my cartilage,” he said. “It just goes to show that you have to enjoy what you’re doing because the smallest things can cause the biggest problems.”
Solskjaer, who scored the winner in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 1999, attempted several comebacks during the past four years.
In all he scored 126 goals in 366 games for the club, and 23 in 67 appearances for his country.
He also collected six league championship and two FA Cup medals with United.
Solskjaer scored 11 goals as the Red Devils reclaimed their Premier League crown last season.
The retirement of Solskjaer leaves Ferguson with only three strikers – Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha and Carlos Tevez – the latter being the only one currently fully fit.