Only 24 hours after the sacking of Manager Jose Mourinho, Manchester United were back in the news with the announcement that former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take over as Care Taker manager for the remainder of the season.
Solskjear who is a former Norwegian international spent 11 years at Old Trafford scoring 126 goals during that time, none more important than the last second winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
On the announcement, that was somewhat expected following a mishap on the club’s website 12 hours earlier, the former striker said;
“Manchester United is in my heart and it's brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said the Norwegian. This is an opportunity I had to take.”
“I'm really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”
His appointment also sees him reunited with Mike Phelan who also returns to the club having as previously worked with the first team alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, the pair will be joined by Mourinho’s assistants Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna to form the coaching staff.
The 45 year old began his coaching career at United as Reserve team coach, before moving to his country of birth to take over as head coach of Molde FK, where he lead the side to the Norwegian title in 2011 and to successfully defend the title the following year.
He later moved over to the Premier League for a short spell with Cardiff City in 2014, seeing his side relegated to the championship and then being sacked months later after a poor start to the Championship league campaign.
He then returned to Molde and as recent as only last month signed a new deal with the club who have currently finished for the winter and do not restart the season until March.
Manchester United’s announcement doesn’t go into details regarding Solskjaer’s intentions at the end of the Premier league season, however, Molde website does state they are only leading Solskjaer to United, so he can learn and help promote Molde on a bigger stage. With the club’s chief executive officer Oystein Neerland saying;
“This is a big opportunity for Molde FK, we think it will be developing and helping to put Molde further on the football card,”
While even Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg tweeted “Great day for Norwegian football. Good luck keeping control of the Red Devils.”
Which was later deleted!