Premier League club, Manchester United announced on Wednesday the signing of former club striker and legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær as the interim manager till the end of the 2018/19 season, after Jose Mourinho’s departure on Tuesday.
Mourinho was at the end of scrutiny and flak from critics and media after a string of poor results and after a 3-1 thumping by Liverpool in the weekend, Mourinho was forced to relinquish from his duties.
The club released an official statement on Tuesday which read, “Solskjær scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007. In 2008 he became the club’s reserve-team manager, before taking the managerial role at FC Molde in Norway.
Solskjær will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager. He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, working alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
“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.
Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, comments: “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.”
Earlier, a video of him scoring the winner for United in their 1999 Champions League final victory over German giants Bayern Munich was published with the headline ‘The most famous night of Ole’s career’.
Prior to the official announcement, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg also confirmed Solskjaer’s appointment os social media, “Great day for Norwegian football. Good luck keeping control of the Red Devils.”
Nicknamed the baby-faced assassin, Ole netted 128 goals in 367 appearances for United during 10 seasons playing under the club’s legendary boss Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United are currently placed on the sixth position, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool and the interim manager would have to get the ground running in order to pull-out results in favour of the Red Devils, which has not been the case off-late.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, and former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte are among the frontrunners to take the United job at the end of the season.