Solskjaer, 45, has been appointed with immediate effect, less than 24 hours since the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, and his first game in charge will be away to his former club Cardiff on Saturday evening.He has been managing Norwegian side Molde and has a contract with the club until 2021 but has been allowed to temporarily take over at Old Trafford until May 2019.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”
“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said Solskjaer, who scored the winning goal in their Champions League final victory in 1999.
The former United striker will be assisted by Mike Phelan, another of the club’s former players, who previously spent 14 years on the club’s coaching staff, including five as the No 2.
Solskjær takes over following Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday. His first game in charge is Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City, the club with which he had his only previous experience of Premier League management.He is fondly remembered at Old Trafford for scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Just over a year ago he described United as a “dream” job in an interview with United.no, the Manchester United Supporters’ Club Scandinavia.
“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” Solskjær told United website after being confirmed in the role. “I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”
United’s final Premier League game of the campaign is on May 12 and their latest possible fixture would be the Champions League final on June 1, in the unlikely event they make it to Madrid.
Molde sources were remaining tight-lipped about the prospect of Solskjaer returning to Old Trafford but a high-level contact at the club ended an reply to MEN Sport with a winky face after confirming they had ‘no comments’ to make.