- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responded to the lad weeks later with a delightful letter wishing him well
- A young fan recently opened up about his poor mental state in a candid interview in January
- He disclosed that Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were a big part of his recovery
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has penned a touching letter to a brave fan who opened up on his battle with depression.
United supporter identified as Ryan had in January went on Talksport through a phone call with Andy Goldstein where he candidly spoke about his dark thoughts and the fact that he contemplated taking his own life.
"I've always carried these things with me throughout life."
He later revealed that Manchester United, in a way, had helped him turn his life and fortunes around, and Solskjaer had a huge part in that.
"I now wake up and know that United are on. I'm hopping around. Feeling good.
"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given me so much courage. I've believed in him since day one. I'm so proud and happy at how things are going right now."
Ryan, unlike many United fans, believes the Norwegian is the man to bring success back to Old Trafford, many years after Sir Alex Ferguson left the Red Devils’ dugout.
Weeks later and Solskjaer responded to Ryan, who read out the letter sent to him by the United boss on Talksport. He wrote:
"Dear Ryan, just wanted to drop you a line to say I am so glad you are doing well.
"It's heartwarming to hear that Manchester United and Andy's Man Club have kept you going through difficult times.
"We are living in strange times at the moment and we know it's difficult for a lot of people. However, I was delighted to hear you now have a spring in your step.
"Once we get back to normal I'd love to invite you to a match or to watch training. In the meantime, we want you to keep that spring in your step and we will be doing all we can on the field.
"Take care, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer."
It was quite the nice touch from the United boss, who has partly restored some smiles among the Manchester United faithful in recent weeks.
Aside from city rivals Manchester City, no team has accured more points than the Red Devils in the 2020/2021 campaign after 23 games.
In the process of climbing to second place, Solskjaer has somehow managed to get United back into talk of being title contenders.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Aston Villa of England goalkeeper Emi Martinez has showered praises on club captain Jack Grealish, saying all he sees in him is ‘Lionel Messi with a right foot’.
The number one shot-stopper is comparing his team-mate with the Barcelona captain who has won the prestigious Ballon d'Or for a staggering six times.
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