Fraizer Campbell scored the only goal as Manchester united beat Spanish’s side Espanyol 1-0 at Old Trafford. Solskjaer was twice denied a goal otherwise Solskjaer would have waved goodbye to 70,000 fans with an emotional goal. The babe face hero, scorer of the never-to-be-forgotten sudden death Champions League second goal against Bayern Munich in 1999, twice let fly with shots he thought were going in. But on both occasions, Espanyol’s goalkeeper refused to give Solskjaer any gift.
United were without a series of first-team regulars as Paul Scholes twice fired over and Carlos Tevez was narrowly off target after a quickly-taken free-kick. Tevez and Scholes were both booked for challenges on Roman Martinez before Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs went close to score. The only goal of the game was scored by Fraizer Campbell, who is may find himself needed at Old Trafford rather than being loaned back out to Hull City as he might have imagined. After that, Nani who wasted the hosts’ best chance, drilling his shot into the side-netting after Scholes’ delicate chip had bounced back off a post. Campbell was near to score another goal to impress Sir Alex and one 20-yard shot brought a smart low save out of Alvarez.
At the end of the game the fans were very happy to watch their favorite hero last game. Solskjaer, now United’s reserve-team coach, admitted his tribute to United players, manager and fans.
“I have had the best players in the world around me,” Solskjaer said. “That makes it easy for forwards. You don’t have to work hard creating chances for yourself, they do it for you.”