A day after parting ways with Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho, English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United have appointed Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjær on an interim basis until the end of the 2018/19 season.
In a statement the club confirmed that Solskjaer will be joined by former club assistant Mike Phelan alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna; the latter two having been part of Mourinho’s technical bench.
Solskjær spent 11 years as a player with the 20 time English champions between 1996 and 2007.
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.
The Norwegian is temporarily stepping down as manager of Molde but will resume that role in May after the conclusion of the current campaign.
His only taste of management in England ended unceremoniously as he was sacked after failing to secure Cardiff's survival at the end of the 2013-14 season. At the time of his dismissal, his record stood at 16 defeats from 30 games and five wins, three of which were in the topflight.
Solskjær 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.
Full Club Statement
Manchester United announced today that former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season.
Solskjær scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007. In 2008 he became the club’s reserve-team manager, before taking the managerial role at FC Molde in Norway.
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.