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Manchester United confirms Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager


(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 04, 2014 Cardiff City’s former Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on before the English FA cup third round football match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St James’ Park in Newcastle upon Tyne on January 4, 2014. – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on December 19, 2018 named as Manchester United’s caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Solskjaer will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club looks for a new full-time manager. (Photo by Ian MacNicol / AFP) /

Barely 24 hours after sacking Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have named former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.

“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said Solskjaer.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”

Solskjaer, who earlier this month signed a new deal as manager of Norwegian club Molde, will be joined by Mike Phelan, who returns as an assistant manager having previously working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson.

Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, both part of Mourinho’s coaching staff, will continue to work under Solskjaer.

Solskjaer’s first match in charge will be against Cardiff – where he endured an ill-fated spell as manager – on Saturday.

The 45-year-old takes over with United sixth in the Premier League.

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