Manchester United football club have appointed 45-year-old Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take over the club with immediate effect as caretaker manager. The decision was made less than 24-hours after sacking former manager Jose Mourinho.
Although managing Molde FK, a Norwegian football club and still has a running contract with the club until 2021, the club has allowed, Solskjaer their former striker, to take over Old Trafford until May 2019 as their season has finished and does not resume until March 2019.
Chief executive of Molde, Oystein Neerland has commented “we are positive to lend Ole Gunnar, we wish both him and the club a success.” Solskjaer thanked the club as they allowed him to take on the temporary managerial role at United.
“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said Solskjaer. The former United striker is well known by many Manchester United fans for scoring the winning goal in the Champions League Final in 1999 against Bayern Munich in the 93rd minute. He further commented “”I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”
Solskjaer getting started straight away
The United board believe Solskjaer is due to arrive in Manchester tonight so that he will be able to take charge in training in Carrington for the first time on Thursday alongside Michael Carrick and Mike Phelan, former assistant to legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson .
Just in time to prepare the United squad for the match against Cardiff City this weekend. As this is only a temporary fix, United are aiming for current Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino. The club are not fazed by price and are willing to pay a world-record fee for Pochettino as their next manager.
Jose Mourinho breaks silence about the matter
He told Sky Sports “They have a future without me, I have one without them …. that’s me and that’s how I’ve always been. I was always very critical of managers that leave clubs and then they come out and they speak about the details of what happened, who is to blame. That’s not me.”
Jose’s final statement reads “I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day i arrived, and i believe all United supporters recognise this. Just as was the case my previous clubs, i have worked with some wonderful people and i believe that some will be my friends for life. I know you that you are all aware of my professional principals. Each time a chapter is closed i show my deepest respect and i don’t make any comments about my former colleagues. I hope the media will also respect my position and let me live my normal life until the moment i decide to return to football. Merry Christmas”
Football fans globally are excited to see what Solskjaer will bring to United; they are also equally excited to witness the squad play without Mourinho for the first time in 2 years.