Jesper Olsen Profile
Jesper Olsen, born Faxe, Denmark, March 20, 1961. Jesper Olsen started his playing days at Nastved Boldklub before he left for Eredivisie side Ajax of Amsterdam in the summer of 1981. Impressed by the free flowing flanker, Manchester United boss Ron Atkinson decided to buy him for a transfer fee of £350,000 at the beginning of the 1984-85 season.
Always willing to give his very best try, Jesper Olsen was given his first Football League debut for Manchester United in a 1-1 draw against Watford at Old Trafford on the opening day of the 1984-85 campaign and helped The Reds win the FA Cup in his inaugural season at the club. Unfortunately, Olsen failed to settle down in Manchester and as things turned out in the end he was sold to French League One team FC Girondins de Bordeaux for a fee of £400,000 in November 1988 after having made 139 First Division appearances for United. Then, after spending only one season with the Stade Chaban Delmas team, he moved onto pastures new, to Stade Malherbe Caen. Following a fatal injury, however, he was forced into an early retirement in 1992. A Denmark player, the winger made his full international debut in a 2-0 friendly loss to the Soviet Union at the Central Lenin Stadium in Moscow on the 12th of July 1980 and proceeded to play 43 matches for his nation. He also represented his country at the 1984 Euro as well as the World Cup in 1986. Jesper Olsen Playing Career: Naestved BK, Ajax Amsterdam, Manchester United, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Stade Malherbe Caen. Playing Honours: Dutch Eredivisie 1982, 1983, Dutch KNVB Cup 1983, English FA Cup 1985.