Manchester United confirm appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed Manchester United manager on a permanent basis, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Solskjaer, the former United striker, has been in charge as caretaker since succeeding Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese was sacked last December.

He has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

Club hero Solskjaer becomes United’s fourth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013

“Manchester United announces that current caretaker manager and former striker, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, has been appointed as the club’s full-time manager on a three-year contract,” a statement from the Old Trafford read.

Solskjaer has enjoyed a remarkable spell as United’s interim boss since succeeding Mourinho, winning his first eight matches in charge and claiming a total 14 victories and two draws in just 19 games.
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He has guided the Red Devils back into a battle for a top four finish – something that seemed remarkably unlikely during Mourinho’s tenure – while United also booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in five years with a stunning comeback defeat of Paris Saint-Germain.

Solskjaer said: “From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club.

“It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here.
“The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far.

“This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.”

Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, added: “Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves.
“More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.

“I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.”

Solskjaer spent 11 years playing for United, scoring 126 goals in 266 appearances, and helping the club win 12 trophies – including the historic Treble of 1998/99.

The 46-year-old scored the all-important injury time winner against Bayern Munich to complete the Treble, after Teddy Sheringham’s equaliser, having only been introduced as a substitute in the final 10 minutes.

Solskjaer scored perhaps the most famous goal in Manchester United’s illustrious history

Solskjaer scored perhaps the most famous goal in Manchester United’s illustrious history
He first moved to Old Trafford from Molde in 1996, having previously played for Clausenengen, and retired in 2007, aged 34, following a long-running battle with knee injuries.

Solskjaer began his coaching career with United’s reserves, before taking charge of former club Molde.

He endured an ill-fated spell as Cardiff City boss in 2014, and returned to Molde the following year.

After just over three years in charge at the Aker Stadion, the ‘Baby-faced Assassin’ was brought back to Old Trafford to take the reins after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.

Though originally expected to only see out the remainder of the 2018/19 season before returning to Molde, Solskjaer has been rewarded with a three-year contract following his fine work in the dug out.