Manchester United´s Classy Defender
Born in Sandefjord, Ronny Johnsen was brought to Manchester United from Besiktas for £1.2 million at the start of the 1996–97 season. After making his league debut for Manchester United as a substitute in a 3–0 victory over Wimbledon at Selhurst Park in August 1996, the classy defender went on to make well over 100 appearances for the club and won four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in the process.
The Manchester United supporters took Ronny Johnsen to their hearts not only for his fighting spirit, but also for his exquisite passing. A true gentleman both on and off the pitch, he was a sophisticated player who could read the game well and rarely lost out to an opponent. The Norway international remained at Manchester United until the end of the 2001-02 campaign when he was given a free transfer by Sir Alex Ferguson. Blessed with flair and fierce determination, Ronny Johnsen was a regular member of the Norway team that reached the 1998 World Cup in France and he made 61 appearances for his native country before he finally announced his retirement from the game in 2008.