Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named Manchester United caretaker manager

26 May 1999: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United signals to the fans after United beat Bayern Munich in the European Champions League Final in the Nou Camp Stadium, Barcelona, Spain. Solskjaer scored the second of two injury time goals for Manchester United to win 2 - 1, to secure the treble of League, FA Cup and European Cup. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport

Manchester United have confirmed that former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named caretaker manager until the end of the season. It comes a day after Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club.

Solskjaer takes charge of Man Utd as they sit sixth in the league, following a poor start to the season that saw Mourinho leave on Tuesday morning. The Norwegian had been managing Molde before being presented with an opportunity he “had to take”.

“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. This is an opportunity I had to take.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer has been confirmed alongside Mike Phelan as his assistant manager, whilst Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna remain as coaches from the Mourinho backroom staff.

His first game in charge will be against Cardiff on Saturday, where the former striker was manager before guiding them to relegation from the Premier League in 2014.

Ed Woodward, Man Utd’s executive vice-chairman spoke of Solskjaer’s history at the club and saying they were delighted he had joined along with Mike Phelan.

“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.”

Ed Woodward

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