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Manchester United legend Ronny Johnsen's favorite soccer stadiums

Ronny Johnsen is convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjær can take Manchester United back to the same heights as when he was part of the soccer club's previous successful team. In the meantime, he enjoys watching matches at these stadiums.

Johnsen played 159 official games for Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United between 1996 and 2002. He helped the club win the Champions League in 1999, four Premier League titles and one FA Cup win. He also played 62 times for the Norwegian national team and won the Norwegian league with Vålerenga. At his peak, he was considered one of the world's best defenders. Today, he's an ambassador for Manchester United and a commentator on Canal+. A week before the first round of the Premier League season, Johnsen is optimistic. Despite, a promising start for Manchester United’s new manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, things went badly in the final months of last season. The club finished sixth in the Premier League and therefore did not qualify for the Champions League.  

“What will it take for Manchester United to be as good as when you played there?”
“For Manchester United it's always about winning trophies. That’s where we want to go and fast. We've had a good pre-season and brought in individual players who are very good, including from our own academy that is part of the club's policy. I think we’re going to do well in the coming season,” says Johnsen to Scandinavian Traveler. 

“Will Solskjær be given time?”
“I hope so. It's not easy to come in and put things right. Ole Gunnar Solskjær knows the club well and knows how the club should perform. I believe in the project.”

He's looking forward to the start of the Premier League and the match against Chelsea at Old Trafford on 11 August. 
“We have to find our form at the start of season against Chelsea, which will be a big match. I'm confident. Chelsea have lost their best player, Eden Hazard, so they are going to have to battle hard.” 

These are Johnsen’s favorite stadiums:


Old Trafford in Manchester. Photo: Shutterstock

Manchester United’s home ground

Naturally, Old Trafford is top of the list. Old Trafford has been Manchester United’s home ground since 1910. It seats 75,769 spectators, only Wembley Stadium has a larger capacity in England. There is a museum in the stadium where they exhibit everything from kits to trophies the team has won.

Old Trafford

Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Trafford, Stor-Manchester, M16 0RA, Storbritannia

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Villa Park in Birmingham. Photo: Shutterstock

Aston Villa

According to Wikipedia, Johnsen played 49 times for Aston Villa from 2002-04. He likes going to the club's home ground, Villa Park.“I really like going to Birmingham to watch Aston Villa. There are plenty of wonderful new stadiums, but Aston Villa have a classic old stadium with a great atmosphere.The stadium opened in 1897 and has a capacity of 43,300.

Villa Park

Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE, Storbritannia

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Stamford Bridge in London. Photo: Shutterstock


Johnsen thinks Chelsea’s home ground, Stamford Bridge, is a fine place to watch soccer.“I've won several matches at Stamford Bridge,” says Johnsen with a smile. “It's located in central London and easy to get to by the underground.The area is in the Hammersmith and Fulham district and seats 41,798 spectators according to Wikipedia.

Stamford Bridge

Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1HS, Storbritannia

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Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul. Photo: Shutterstock

For the more experienced players

Johnsen played for Beşiktaş in 1995-96 before he joined Manchester United. “There's always a great atmosphere when it's a local derby with Fenerbahçe SK at the club's home ground, the Fatih Terim Stadium, in Istanbul,” he says.“It's a bit hard core and for the more experienced players.There's room for around 17,000 spectators in the stands.

Fatih Terim Stadium

Başak, 4.Etap Fatih Teri̇m Stadı Başakşehir, Yunus Emre Cd., 34480 Başakşehir/İstanbul

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