Even though I’m an Arsenal fan, I still do want to pay tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Manchester United striker who has just retired a couple of days ago. What made him so great? A couple of things, if you ask me.

Firstly, his attitude. He always played for the team and not for himself. He never sulked or whined to the press when he wasn’t in the starting line up. But when he did get the chance to come on, he grabbed the opportunity and made the most of it, thus making his name as a super-sub.

That attitude of grabbing whatever opportunity came his way translated itself to the pitch as well. Which is the second thing that made him great. The goalscoring instinct. He knew where the ball was going, and was always quick to react. Who can forget his goal against Bayern Munich in 1999 at the Camp Nou? I’m an Arsenal fan and even I understand and appreciate that goal. It was a goal of pure instinct.

Always positioning himself well, being in the right place at the right time, and taking whatever opportunities he got without complaining about the opportunities that seemed closed to him. That’s what made him such a great player that will undoubtedly place him in the history books, at least at Manchester United.

What can you take out of his career? Even if you’re not a football fan, I think there’s great value in picking up on the attitude he had that made it great. You too, can be great (whatever field you may be in), if you position yourself well and grab your opportunities when they come.