Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has penned a heartwarming letter to a Manchester United fan who found inspiration from the team’s recent resurgence to overcome a series of mental-health issues.
United supporter Ryan called into talkSPORT last month to open up about how their solid form of late under Solskjaer had given him the “courage” to come through a battle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
He also explained how a charity named Andy’s Man Club – set up in memory of Andy Roberts, who took his own life at the age of 23 – had helped him emerge from those dark times and regain a positive mind-frame.
“I’ve never had a spring in my step in life. Never. I’ve always carried a certain depression to my life,” Ryan said.
“Manchester United and Andy’s Man Club have helped me turn my life around and I’ve now got a spring in my step.
“I wake up and I know that United are on and I’m hopping around and I’m good.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given me so much courage, it’s unbelievable. I’ve believed in him since day one and I’m so proud and happy with the way things are going.”
And after calling back into talkSPORT on Wednesday, Ryan revealed that Solskjaer had sent him a letter to congratulate him on his inspirational turnaround, as well as invite him to a match or training session when the Covid-19 pandemic comes to an end.
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Solskjaer is quoted as saying in the letter: “Dear Ryan, just wanted to drop you a line to say I’m so glad you’re 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 I know it’s difficult for a lot of people, however I was delighted to hear that 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, I want you to keep that spring in your step, so we’ll be doing everything we can on the field.
“Take care, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
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