A one-off charter flight full of almost 200 Manchester United fans will head to the Solskjaer-led side for the season finale.
Thomas Cook Sport, the tour operator giant’s sports tourism wing, has arranged a one-off charter flight for nearly 200 Manchester United fans from the Norwegian manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s hometown of Kristiansund to watch their local hero in action, TTG reports.
The plane-load of Norwegians will be in the stands to see Solskjaer lead the Red Devils out at the Old Trafford stadium ahead of the team’s final game of the season.
United will welcome fellow Premier League team Cardiff City on May 12, as the team continues to pursue a spot in the league’s top four to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
Thomas Cook stresses that despite the highs and lows of his short tenure so far, Solskjaer continues to enjoy the support of his compatriots in particular.
The group points to the fact that Norwegian visitors to the website of Thomas Cook Sport – which is also the official travel partner of Manchester United – are up by 138% since he was appointed the team’s manager.
“It has been brilliant to see the support from Solksjaer’s hometown since his appointment and we are delighted to be able to provide many locals with the chance to head over to Manchester for a really important fixture,” said Rob Slawson, head of Thomas Cook Sport.
“Scandinavians are a passionate group of football fans. Each season we, with our partners Ving, provide more than 7,000 football trips from Norway to the Premier League. With Ole at the helm from the start of next season, we expect a high level of interest right from the fixture announcement in June.”