Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could take legal action against Paddy Power for abusing his image rights


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been working miracles at Manchester United for a couple of months now. 

He's turned the team back into top four contenders after Jose Mourinho left the club well off the pace before being sacked in December. 

Man United's domestic form has been very impressive but on Wednesday night, Solskjaer's side reached another level in the Champions League.

They went into the second leg of their last-16 tie 2-0 down against Paris Saint-Germain and had to do what many thought was impossible at the Parc des Princes. 

But thanks to a Romelu Lukaku double and a controversial late penalty from Marcus Rashford, the Manchester club picked up a 3-1 win in Paris and advanced on away goals.

Solskjaer seems to have created a real positive atmosphere at Old Trafford, one that was desperately needed after a period of doom and gloom under Mourinho.  

The Norwegian has been widely praised for turning things around and offering great support to his players, who have gone from underperforming to arguably exceeding expectations. 

His soft approach, especially towards the likes of Paul Pogba and Rashford, has been noted by those who believed Mourinho was too tough on individuals.  


But, Solskjaer's reaction to a Paddy Power advert that appeared in the Evening Standard on Thursday shows that he certainly has a ruthless side too, even though we don't see it too often. 

Following United's win against PSG, the bookmakers ran an ad that offered odds of 1/16 on him becoming the club's manager full-time, alongside a Brexit-themed message that read 'Theresa, time to try the Norwegian mode?' 

That seems like a pretty harmless joke, right? But Solskjaer was not impressed with the fact that Paddy Power used an image of him clapping alongside it, to advertise their price. 

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He was shown the newspaper during an interview with Scandinavian news outlet NRK on Friday morning and had a strong response to seeing the unlicensed shot.  

"I promise you I will send this to my lawyer," he said, per NRK.

"They will have big problems with me. It is a betting company, I should not have anything to do with it."

It sounds like Paddy Power have made a big mistake and according to Solskjaer's lawyer, they've demanded the advert is removed and a compensation claim will likely be made. 

Clearly, he's not impressed with being linked with a sports betting company, or indeed, the abuse of his image rights.

Although we normally see a calm and collected Solskjaer on the sidelines, his reaction to this suggests that he's got a ruthless streak that could come out behind closed doors. 

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