The Red Devils have appointed a new manager as the caretaker for the rest of the season as the search for the permanent manager continues.
Manchester United have appointed former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær as the caretaker manager until the end of the season. The Norwegian will take charge of the team with immediate effect as announced by the club.
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. Reads the club statement.
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The new manager will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach and Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna will also continue to work with the team. As mentioned in the statement, United will continue to search for a permanent manager.
“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,” said the new manager.
Solskjær spent 11 years at Manchester United and scored 126 goals in 366 appearances. The striker is famous for scoring a winning goal in 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, as United scored 2 goals in the injury time. Solskjær also won 6 Premier League titles and 2 FA Cups before taking charge of Manchester United’s reserve side in 2008. The manager won 4 trophies with his reserve side before going back to the former club, Molde, in Norway.
The striker also spent a few months in the Premier League as the manager of Cardiff City, back in 2014. But he failed to save the club from relegation and was sacked after a poor performance at the start of the Championship campaign.
We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season.
He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna. #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 19, 2018
The appointment came a day after Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho after a horrible start to the season. The Red Devils are currently sixth in the league table, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool. United have booked a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League and will face PSG in Round of 16.
Solskjær’s first game in charge will be coincidently against Cardiff City, as he faces an uphill battle of finishing in the top four.
At a big club like Manchester United, it is always good to have someone who is familiar with the club’s culture and the expectations of the fans. Solskjær has spent 14 years at United, as both, player and manager, and he will aware of the pressure and expectations.
But the new manager has his task cut out, as he will have to motivate his team off the field, before getting results on the field.