Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Man Utd legend returns to Manchester to meet fans - how to get tickets

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a firm fan favourite as a striker at Manchester United - now he is coming back to the city to meet fans at a special event.
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Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is returning to the city where he wore the red shirt for a special evening meeting fans and talking about his career.

The Norwegian striker, nicknamed the Baby-Faced Assassin, was a firm fan favourite in the stands at Old Trafford and wrote himself into United immortality by scoring the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, a game in which United had been losing before dramatically snatching the game with two stoppage-time goals.

Solskjaer will be back in Manchester in May for what promises to be a memorable night in which he talks about his successful playing career and in particular United’s treble-winning season in 1998-99. Here’s when and where the event is taking place and how you can get your hands on tickets.

A Man Utd club legend returns to Manchester

Solskjaer is coming back to Manchester where he enjoyed a glittering period of success at United. He arrived at Old Trafford in 1996 and stayed for 11 years, making 366 appearances for the club and scoring 126 goals. He earned a reputation as a lethal super-sub for his knack of coming off the substitutes’ bench and then finding the net at crucial points late in matches.

He won the Premier League six times at United and lifted 12 pieces of silverware in total during his time at Old Trafford. The highlight of this period in the club’s history came in 1998-99 when United did the treble, winning the Premier League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds aloft the UEFA Champions League trophy. Photo: AFP via Getty ImagesOle Gunnar Solskjaer holds aloft the UEFA Champions League trophy. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds aloft the UEFA Champions League trophy. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Solskjaer brought an end to his playing career at United in 2007 after his last few years at Old Trafford had been plagued by injuries. A testimonial for him against Espanyol in 2008 was attended by almost 69,000 people.

Solskjaer returned to Old Trafford as the manager of United for a three-year stint between 2018 - 2021, taking the club to the 2021 Europa League final where they lost on penalties to Villareal. But he exited the club in November 2020 following a poor run of form which saw United slump to eighth in the Premier League table.

When and where is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s event in Manchester and how do I get tickets?

An Evening with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on Portland Street on Friday 12 May from 6.15pm until 10.45pm. He will take part in a live interview about his time at United, particularly the historic treble-winning season. It is being organised by Legends 7, which puts together exclusive events for fans to meet sports stars.

Solskjaer celebrating after scoring at Old Trafford. Photo: Getty ImagesSolskjaer celebrating after scoring at Old Trafford. Photo: Getty Images
Solskjaer celebrating after scoring at Old Trafford. Photo: Getty Images

There are three packages currently available, with Silver priced at £129 per person, Gold costing £169 per head and Platinum VIP setting fans back a cool £399 each. Tickets are available to book on the Legends 7 website.

As well as the interview there will be a three-course meal, entertainment and an auction of bespoke memorabilia, with MC Jed Stone overseeing the proceedings. Guests will also receive an official programme. Anyone buying a gold package will also get a photograph with Solskjaer to take home, while the Platinum VIP guests will arrive first for a photograph, a complimentary drinks reception, a signed shirt from the 1999 season and an opportunity to personally meet Solskjaer. Platinum VIP guests will also get the best seats in the house, with Gold and then Silver ticket purchasers sitting further back.