Nearly 24 hours after parting ways with Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have appointed former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their caretaker manager.
According to a statement released by the club on their official website, www.manuntd.com, they said;
“We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season. He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.”
Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford during which he scored 126 goals in 366 appearances between 1996 and 2007. The Norwegian is nonetheless most remembered for scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final against Germany giants FC Bayern Munich.
In 2008, Solskjær was appointed to be the reserve-team manager at Old Trafford before moving to FC Molde in Norway, where he has been but their 2018 season is off for the winter break and will restart in March.
In the past, he also served as the Cardiff boss in the English Premier League in the 2013/2014 campaign.
Speaking about his appointment, the 45-year-old said;
“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,” said Solskjær as quoted on the club’s website.
Meanwhile, United Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward said;
“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles. His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back. We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”