Manchester United great Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began his India journey in Bengaluru, where among the many things he did was meet Indian T20 star Suryakumar Yadav. Solskjaer and Suryakumar attended an event in the city and the couple also spent some time interacting with each other.
Suryakumar is currently out of action, having undergone two surgeries in December and January. The 33-year-old, who tops the T20I batsmen’s rankings, underwent surgery for the first time for an ankle injury he suffered during India’s tour of South Africa in December. He then had to undergo surgery again in his groin for a sports hernia that had worsened over time and required medical intervention.
Suryakumar explained his injuries to Solskjaer and said that he had been on tour due to cricket for almost a year and a half without a break before that. “Sometimes you need that time off just to refresh your head and start again,” Solskjaer was heard telling the India batsman.
The couple then posed for a photoshoot with Solskajer holding Suryakumar’s India jersey and the latter holding a Manchester United jersey. “Enjoy it for as long as you can,” Solskjaer told Suryakumar about being an active sportsman as the couple said goodbye. “It’s always better when you’re active. “Don’t retire too soon,” said the Norwegian.
“I have at least one job in a club”
Solskjaer is an iconic figure in Manchester United’s history, having scored the famous winning goal in the final seconds of the 1999 Champions League final, which confirmed a rare treble of European Cup, Premier League and the FA Cup for the club that season. United were the first English team to win all three trophies in the same season and the only one until city rival Manchester City repeated the feat in 2023.
Solskjaer returned to the club as manager in the 2018/19 season and managed the team until he was sacked in November 2022 after the club suffered heavy defeats against arch-rivals Liverpool, neighbors City and Watford. The Norwegian said he is looking to return to management as he has not taken another job since he left United. “I have at least one job at the club. It has to be interesting, somewhere, an adventure, somewhere, I can be myself. No disrespect, but having managed Manchester United for three years, it’s like , where are you going?
“Yes, of course, I want to feel that pressure again. You know, when you watch the games, you miss them,” Solskjaer said at a select media meeting on Friday.