Where are they now? The Man Utd reserves that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led to Premier League title

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is working wonders for Manchester United right now.

The Norwegian has now won eight consecutive games since taking the reigns after their 3-1 win against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Friday evening at the Emirates.

Of course, it wasn’t exactly an impossible task to fill Jose Mourinho’s shoes at Old Trafford considering the terrible football he had his side playing.

But Solskjaer was returning to his former club with very little managerial experience.

His previous spell in management in England saw him fail to save Cardiff City from relegation.

Prior to that, Solskjaer was managing Molde in his native country – a club he returned to following his spell at Cardiff.

In total, Ole had spent six years at Molde – three years before the Cardiff job and three years afterward – before United appointed him as interim boss.

But Solskjaer does have previous managerial experience of sorts at Old Trafford.

He stepped into coaching with the reserves and took over as manager in the summer of 2008 and remained in that role until January 2011.

And, during that time, he won the Reserve Premier League in 2010.

United triumphed on penalties against Aston Villa at Old Trafford after a 3-3 draw but what happened to the squad that played that day?


Well, let’s take a look:

Ben Foster

Foster found himself batting with Edwin van der Sar for the number one spot at Man Utd and could only manage 23 appearances for the first-team.

Permanent spells at Birmingham and West Brom followed and he’s still a Premier League goalkeeper at the age of 35 at Watford.


One of the most successful players from this reserve side in terms of appearances for the first-team.

The Brazilian played 169 times for United during his career and the 28-year-old is still going strong at Lyon in France.

Joe Dudgeon

A defender with massive potential but his career was ultimately ended by injuries.

By the age of 15, Dudgeon had appeared for Man Utd’s Under-18 side and also got himself a first-team squad number during the 2009/10 campaign.

But he left the club without making a first-team appearance and had to retire in 2015 after a short spell with Hull.

At 28, Dudgeon works as a youth coach for Northern Ireland and Manchester City, who he also acts as a scout.

Corry Evans

Another player from this successful reserve side that failed to make a first-team appearance.

Evans spent two seasons at Hull and is now currently in his sixth season at Blackburn Rovers.

Ritchie de Laet

De Laet was actually named Reserve Player of the Year following United’s success and had already made six first-team appearances.

But he failed to play a further game and had numerous loan spells before a permanent move to Leicester.

He then, rather incredibly, managed to win the Premier League with Leicester and while on loan with Middlesborough, helped them gain promotion from the Championship.

He’s now at Aston Villa but currently on-loan at Melbourne City in Australia. And it seems he’s found his feet as a striker, playing up-front and scoring six goals in 14 games this season.

Oliver Gill

The son of former Manchester United chief executive David Gill, Oliver won the Reserve Player of the Year in 2011.

However, after a brief loan spell at Bradford, he decided to study economics at Durham University.

Oliver Norwood

Norwood is establishing himself as a bit of a Championship legend after spells at Huddersfield, Reading, Brighton, Fulham and now Sheffield United – all in the second-tier.

At 27, he’s running out of time to make his first ever Premier League appearance.

Rodrigo Possebon

Fantastic name, not quite a fantastic career.

Eight first-team appearances including playing in the 2009 League Cup victory.

Four years later, he was appearing in Brazil’s fourth division.

At the age of 28, he now finds himself at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

Cameron Stewart

Steward didn’t make it at the Theatre of Dreams and spent time at Hull, Ipswich and Lincoln City.

He’s only 27 but he’s currently without a club.

Federico Macheda

Who can forget THAT wonder goal against Aston Villa during in April 2009 – a crucial goal that helped them see off Liverpool to win the Premier League?

That goal alone probably helped him stay at United far longer than he probably should have done playing 36 times in total, scoring just five goals.

Permanent moves to Cardiff and Serie B side Novara followed. He’s now in Greece with Panathinkaikos and has scored five in 11 this season.

Mame Biram Diouf

Interestingly, United actually signed Diouf from Molde where he had scored 45 goals in 86 games.

But the striker only managed nine games for United’s first-team before a move to Hannover in Germany.

He returned to England with Stoke, where he is now playing Championship football.


Ron-Robert Zieler

Goalkeeper Zieler also moved to Hannover after leaving United with zero first-team appearances.

After six years in Germany, he returned to England with Leicester before going back to his native country with Stuttgart, where he remains.

Scott Wootton

Wootton actually played four times for the first-team, including a 5-4 loss to Chelsea in the League Cup.

He’s since had spells at Leeds and MK Dons.

He’s now playing in League One for Plymouth Argyle.

Gabriel Obertan

The French winger managed 28 appearances for United before playing for Newcastle for five seasons.

One-season stints at Anzhi Makhachkala and Wigan followed before he signed for his current club, Levski Sofia, in July 2017.

Will Keane

Injuries have been tough on Keane, who would surely have played more than three times for the first-team otherwise.

He signed permanently for Hull in 2016, but has only managed 26 matches for them.

He’s currently on loan at Ipswich, who are currently bottom of the Championship.

Paul Pogba


Pogba was just 17 at the time and had to make do with a place on the bench.

He’s now worth £89 million and looks is considered one of the best midfielders in world football on his day.

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