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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s daughter Karna exits Manchester United Women to play in Norway

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s daughter, Karna Solskjaer, is to leave Manchester United this summer after agreeing to join Norwegian club AaFK Fortuna.The 19-year-old academy product made her senior debut for Manchester United in a Women’s FA Cup tie away against lower-league Bridgwater United in January, watched by her parents, but did not make an appearance in the Women’s Super League.However, she was a regular part of Manchester United’s Under-21 side that won the WSL academy league title in April. She also started as the youth team beat Birmingham City 4-1 in March’s final of the WSL academy cup, with academy manager Charlotte Healy’s side going on to win a domestic double.Playing as a striker like her father, Karna Solskjaer had scored an average of nearly a goal per game in the academy league this term. When she made her sole appearance for Marc Skinner’s senior side as a late substitute in the FA Cup, the manager said: “It wasn’t a token for Karna, it was a deserved [debut]. Congratulations to her. Obviously she’s got a famous dad, but she wants to be famous in her own right.”The women’s Under-21 side’s matches were regularly watched by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he supported his daughter from the stands, even for many months after his sacking from his role as manager of the men’s first team in November.Karna Solskjaer’s summer transfer was confirmed by the Norwegian FA on their website on Tuesday. AaFK Fortuna currently sit sixth in the third tier of Norwegian women’s football and are based in Alesund, a picturesque coastal town on Norway’s west coast. Alesund is only around a three-hour drive away from her father’s birthplace in Kristiansund. It is also just two hours south-west of Molde, whose men’s team Ole Gunnar Solksjaer managed in two separate spells.

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