Ole at Wheels: United delivered a three year contract to the caretaker manager on permanent basis at Old Trafford.
Manchester United has confirmed that Ole Gunner Solskjaer has been appointed as a full time manager on March 28. The initially appointed as caretaker manager has signed a three-year contract at Old Trafford. The move has seemed inevitable for many weeks given the transformation United have undergone since Norwegian man arrived on caretaker basis following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.
The 46 year old has won 14 of his 19 games in charge reviving hoped of a top four finish and unexpectedly guiding United to the quarter finals of the championship League. Solskjaer scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United, was already a hero to fans as the man who scored the stoppage time winner in the 1999 champions League to complete the treble.
And it is some of those late game heroics that Solskjaer has restored to United’s play most notably with Marcus rashford’s last minute penalty securing their champions League win over PSG at the start of the month. After the sacking of Mourinho following 3-1 loss to Liverpool on December 16 Solskjaer initially arrived from “Molde on loan” until the end of the season.
The Norwegian club had been determined he would return to his job there with United stable enough to look elsewhere for a permanent boss, but Solskjaer results were great and former players has been in line to call for his appointment.
In a statement released by the club, the 45-year-old said:
From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club. It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far.
Executive Vice Chairman of the club, Ed Woodward further expressed his gratitude and said:
Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves. More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.
I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment.
But Old Trafford hierarchy had seen enough from the 46-year old to act immediately feeling it the right thing to do given the man he wanted fir footballing reasons not merely due to fan popularity.
Assistant Mike Phelan has also been a key to United’s revitality and is expected to stay. United stars past and present were quick to welcome the news with greetings to their new manager.
Solskjaer former United teammate Gary Neville wrote on twitter, “I am delighted for Ole, I didn’t think this would happen when he was appointed”.
Marcus Rashford posted a picture with him captioned “Congrats boss”.
The results and the spirit in the club has been incredible since he arrives and he deserves it. The Norwegian has adapted to the club’s culture very well, his results, management power and approachable style has transformed the club in a very short span.