Manchester United appoint Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season
Having revealed it by accident on Tuesday night, the club confirmed the appointment on Wednesday morning.
Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær as caretaker manager until the end of this season.
The club appeared to accidentally confirm the appointment of club legend Solskjær as caretaker manager on their club website on Tuesday night before swiftly deleting the post, but put an end to any speculation about the role early on Wednesday.
Having parted company with Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, the club confirmed that they would look to hire a caretaker manager until the end of the current campaign, with a view to beginning a recruitment process to find Mourinho’s long-term replacement.
A statement issued on Wednesday morning read: “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.”
Commenting on his new role, Solskjær said: “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.
Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, added: “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.”