Solskjaer at United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on Wednesday named as Manchester United’s caretaker manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The former United striker will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club looks for a new fulltime manager.

Mourinho was axed on Tuesday after just two-and half years in charge at Old Trafford, with the 20-times English champions languishing in sixth place in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool. Solskjaer, 45, 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,” said the Norwegian. “I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,” 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.”

United appeared to accidently announce the appointment on their website on Tuesday, with a video posted on the club’s official website celebrating Solskjaer. A video of him scoring the winner for United in their 1999 Champions League final triumph against Bayern Munich was accompanied with the headline ‘The most famous night of Ole’s career’.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg also appeared to confirm Solskjaer’s appointment on Twitter. On Wednesday she tweeted: “FINALLY CONFIRMED!

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