A day after sacking Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have appointed former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of 2018/19 season.
“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 said on their website.
Solskjær a.k.a Baby-faced Assassin spent 11 seasons at the Old Trafford and scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007. He is remembered by United fans for scoring the winning goal against Bayern Munich in 1999 Champions League final at the Nou Camp.
“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 the 45-year-old Norwegian.
Solskjær’s first game in charge is against his former club Cardiff City, the club where he departed on 18 September 2014 following their poor run of form at the start of the Championship campaign. He was sacked by the club after they finished 20th, collecting only 7 wins and 30 points in the Premier League.
United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward on Solskjær’s appointment 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.”
United are yet to decide about appointing a permanent boss. The departure of Mourinho before the January transfer window opens cost the club a massive £24 million.