Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been confirmed as the interim replacement for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United until the end of the season.
Mourinho was sacked by United on Tuesday after a torrid first half of 2018-19, with Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at bitter rivals Liverpool leaving them 19 points off the top of the Premier League.
Former United striker Solskjaer has been named as manager until the end of the season, when the club aims to appoint a full-time successor to Mourinho.
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
Solskjaer won two league titles with Molde before a brief, unsuccessful spell at Cardiff City in 2014.
A former Norway international, Solskjaer returned to Molde in 2015 and has been in charge ever since.
The 45-year-old remains a fan favourite at United, predominantly for his part in the 1999 Champions League success, scoring a last-gasp winner in the 2-1 final defeat of Bayern Munich.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the Norwegian 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.’
Mike Phelan, a former assistant at United in Alex Ferguson’s time at the club, has returned to Old Trafford as a first-team coach.
Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna will remain in their coaching positions having been part of Mourinho’s staff.
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