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Solskjaer’s daughter will make her Man Utd debut after impressing for the club’s U21s

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Karna is about to follow in her father’s footsteps after an impressive start to the season for the Man Utd women’s Under-21s

Karna Solskjaer is too young to remember her father, Ole, who played for Manchester United. She was born in 2003, was four when he played his last game for the club and if she made many of his super-sub appearances in his final years at Old Trafford the young striker has no recollection of it.

“My daughter Karna and my youngest son Elijah … they don’t remember their daddy playing,” the United boss said earlier this year. “Noah [his oldest son, who plays for Sogndal, on loan from Kristiansund] can vouch for me – I hope! No scrapbooks or newspaper clippings required, he can just tell them how he watched dad score the winning goals for United at Old Trafford.

Nevertheless, after an impressive start to the U21 season, Karna could soon follow in his footsteps.

Before the Conti Cup away game against Durham on Thursday evening, Marc Skinner indicated that he might be ready to use some of his fringe players. Training “- although the trip seems a bit early for Solskjaer.

It comes after the Manchester derby on Saturday, in which United took the lead 2-1 after falling behind, only four minutes later Ellen White equalized. It took its toll on both sides, not least because of the aftermath of Georgia Stanway’s horror tackle against Leah Galton – a challenge so unfavorable that it drew unfortunate comparisons with Roy Keane’s legbreaker against Alf Inge Haaland in the same game in 2001 .

However, if Skinner is looking for an influential goal machine from the Academy in the coming weeks, that day certainly applies to Solskjaer, who has already scored eight goals this season (including in friendly matches). Their best performance so far was reserved for the 7-1 win over Bristol City. In fact, only Maria Edwards has more for the youth team this season.

Solskjaer first joined the academy in 2019, shortly after her father was appointed to head the men’s team. It was her first real taste of elite football after playing for local clubs near Molde during her father’s successful days with the 2011 and 2012 Norwegian champions.

Ole can often be seen his daughter playing on Academy Square in Altrincham, although the scorer genes don’t necessarily come from his side. Her mother Silje also played at a high level, but either way the surname certainly arouses interest in the north-west of England, where she is slowly becoming noticed herself.

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