Photo: Solskjaer pictured watching United's Women U21 win 5-0

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not been pictured publicly too often since his sacking by Manchester United in November.

He has not been spotted at Old Trafford, although there was a tribute to his hard work in trying to bring the good times back to the club before the clash with Arsenal.

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He has been spotted watching United’s Women’s Under-21 side in their WSL Academy Cup semi-final clash with Aston Villa last night.

The game took place at Altrincham’s Moss Lane, and Solskjaer’s daughter Karna was named in the starting lineup.

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After the game, he took a photo with Maria Edwards, who also started and scored on the night.

Karna also scored a goal en route to a comfortable 5-0 victory, to set up a final clash against Villa’s Midlands rivals Birmingham in April.

Eleanor Ashton got a double off the bench and Alyssa Mae Aherne also found the net in a game Solskjaer must have enjoyed watching.

Solskjaer has tried to keep a low profile since his sacking and the emotional interview he offered to the club website afterwards.

He reportedly offered Ralf Rangnick the benefit of his experience of the squad in a phone call before the German took on the interim job.

But it has been clear that he has wanted to take a step back from the spotlight and does not want to be a looming presence watching United while they try and achieve their aims this season.

There has been no talk of Solskjaer getting back into management just yet, despite various roles becoming vacant even in the short time since his United departure.

That speaks to someone who is trying to have a break and some down time with his family, who went back to Norway in the latter part of Solskjaer’s United reign.

It will be intriguing to see when Solskjaer will return to Old Trafford on matchday. Whenever that is, he will get a great reception from the Old Trafford faithful.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.