Manchester United has named club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær as their new boss in the wake of Jose Mourinho's exit.
Mourinho was fired by the Premier League side on Tuesday morning following their worst-ever start to a league campaign. And on Wednesday, the team announced that Solskjær would be taking over on an interim basis, along with Mike Phelan, who returns as a first-team coach after following Sir. Alex Ferguson out of the club in 2013.
Solskjær, a former forward, won six Premier League titles with United during his 11-year stint with the English club. He also helped them win the Champions League in 1999.
We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 19, 2018
He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna. #MUFC
"Manchester United announced today that former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season," the club announced via their official website on Wednesday.
"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."
The new Red Devils boss has expressed delight over his return to the club in a managerial capacity, having served as the team's reserve coach from 2008-2011.
“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,” he said.
“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles," Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward added. "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.”
📅 11 seasons at @ManUtd— SPORF (@Sporf) December 19, 2018
⚽ 126 goals scored
🏆 6-time @PremierLeague winner
🎉 THAT last minute winner in Camp Nou
👑 Part of the treble-winning team
🗣 @ManUtd Reserve Team manager for 3 years
👔 New interim manager of @ManUtd
🇳🇴 Welcome home, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. pic.twitter.com/XsmMUuUWm5
What This Means
Solskjær's record as a Premier League manager isn't very impressive. The Norwegian was appointed by Cardiff City in 2014 and only managed three wins in his 18 games in charge.
He will have a much better squad at his disposal this time around, however. And who knows? He might just land the job full time if he turns United's season around.