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Man Utd icon Solskjær linked to Aston Villa post

Former Manchester United striker Ole-Gunnar Solskjær is the subject of interest from Aston Villa regarding the vacant manager's job, his Norwegian club Molde have confirmed.

Solskjær is currently manager of Norwegian top flight club Molde (MFK) and the club have confirmed that Aston Villa have made an approach for the 39-year-old, according to a report in the local Romsdals Budstikke newspaper.

"The management of MFK became aware of interest from Aston Villa around two and half days ago," said Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen to the newspaper.

According to Norwegian media reports Molde are open to the idea of negotiating with the Premier League club which narrowly avoided relegation after a disastrous campaign by their standards and prompting the sacking of manager Alex McLeish.

According to the Verdens Gang (VG) daily, US magnate and Villa owner Randy Lerner's private jet landed in Kristiansund in southern Norway late Thursday night, carrying a team of Aston Villa officials.

Solskjær represented Manchester United for 11 years, winning a slew of trophies and earning the nickname "the baby-faced assassin" for his knack of scoring crucial goals as a substitute.

His defining moment as a player perhaps came already in the 1999 Champions League final, scoring the winner in a dramatic injury-time win over Bayern Munich.

After injury cut short his career at the English club, Solskjær returned to his first club Molde, signing a four-year contract to manage the Tippeligan team. The amiable Norwegian enjoyed instant success at the helm, guiding Molde to their first ever league championship title in October 2011. 

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Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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