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Fergie Backs Ole to Bag 20 this Season

After spending virtually three years on the sidelines with a series of career-threatening knee problems, Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is back, and he's back on form, too, and that has his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, beaming. "What Ole has achieved is a great example to everyone," said Ferguson. '"He has shown so much perseverance and determination. For a player of his age to spend so long out of the game is a big thing." Ferguson has had nothing but praise for the Norwegian international in his 10 years with the club, often deploying the Norwegian international as a substitute, a role he always accepted dutifully. Solskjaer is widely regarded as one the EPL's all-time great finishers, certainly one of its deadliest, and most famous, substitutes. However, this year, with the departure of Ruud van Nistelrooy for Real Madrid, United suddenly found itself in crisis mode, with just two pure strikers left over from last year's squad. Ferguson has always said Solskjaer's return to fitness is one of the major reasons he opted not to sign a replacement for van Nistelrooy. "He already has five goals to his name and he could give us 20 this season, quite easily," said Ferguson. A consummate team player, Solskjaer says all he wants to do is help United win as many trophies as it can. "Maybe I treasure my goals a bit more now but I don't set targets. We are a team that works together. There are no personal agendas. It is about winning something as a team."

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