UEFA Champions League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
(First leg: 1-0)
Camp Nou - BarcelonaTuesday 16 April 2019|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Quarter-finals, Second leg
|Manchester United FC|
Date of birth: 9 February 1964
Playing career: Alavés, Sestao, Espanyol, Barcelona, Athletic Club, Mallorca
Coaching career: Athletic Club (twice), Espanyol, Olympiacos (twice), Villarreal, Valencia, Barcelona
• Known as 'Txingurri' – or worker ant – as a player, former striker Valverde scored 44 goals in 170 appearances over a six-year stay with Athletic, which included his only cap for Spain. Had previously helped Espanyol to a third-place Liga finish in 1987 and an appearance in the following season's UEFA Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Bayer Leverkusen, before spending two years at Barcelona between 1988 and 1990, making 22 appearances.
• Began coaching career in Athletic's youth ranks before stepping up to handle first-team affairs with the Basque club in 2003/04; guided the Leones to UEFA Cup qualification in his first term in charge. Valverde again found himself losing a UEFA Cup final on penalties in 2007 – this time as coach of Espanyol – with Liga rivals Sevilla emerging victorious in Glasgow.
• In his first season outside Spain, steered Olympiacos to a Greek league and cup double in 2008/09 before signing a one-year deal with Villarreal in June 2009. Was sacked the following January with the Yellow Submarine in tenth.
• Rejoined Olympiacos in August 2010, lifting another championship at the end of his first campaign. Added a second domestic double the next year but then stood down, taking the Valencia helm in December 2012. Reappointed by Athletic in June 2013 and took them to fourth in the Liga in his first term back, winning the 2015 Spanish Super Cup with a 5-1 defeat of Barcelona – where he succeeded Luis Enrique as head coach in May 2017.
• Marked his first season in charge at the Camp Nou with a league and cup double, Barcelona losing only one Liga fixture on the way to claiming the title.
Date of birth: 26 February 1973
Playing career: Clausenengen, Molde, Manchester United
Coaching career: Manchester United (reserves), Molde (twice), Cardiff, Manchester United
• The scorer of one of the most famous goals in Manchester United's history, Solskjær returned to Old Trafford on 19 December 2018, taking over as manager for the remainder of the season following the departure of José Mourinho. On 28 March 2019, his appointment was made permanent on a three-year contract.
• The predatory striker's senior playing career began with Norwegian third division side Clausenegen before a move to Molde in last 1994 caught the attention of United, who swooped for his signature 18 months later. Proved an immediate hit in England, scoring 18 league goals in his first season as the Red Devils retained the title.
• Enjoyed a brilliant 1998/99 season; twice scored four times in a league game and won the FA Cup before United completed the treble by beating Bayern München in the UEFA Champions League final with two goals in added time, Solskjær coming off the bench to score the winner.
• Won further league titles in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007, also lifting the 2004 FA Cup, and scored 23 times in 67 games for Norway, featuring at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000; he was forced to retire in 2007 by a knee injury and promptly moved into coaching with United, earning his badges and spending two years in charge of the reserves.
• Took over as Molde boss in November 2010, winning the Norwegian title in his first season – the club's maiden championship. Molde retained the title in 2012 and won the Norwegian Cup the following year, Solskjær subsequently departing for a short, unsuccessful stint in charge of Cardiff, whom he was unable to save from Premier League relegation; returned to Molde in October 2015 before United again came calling three years later.
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