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Man United appoint Solskjaer as caretaker manager

Man United appoint Solskjaer as caretaker manager

He replaces Jose Mourinho who was sacked on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named as caretaker manager, the club announced in an official statement on its website.

Solskjaer, 45, scored 126 goals for United in 11 seasons with the club under Ferguson, winning six Premier League titles and two FA Cups and scoring the victor in the 1999 Champions League final.

Erling Moe is now the first team coach at Molde and acted as interim boss there in 2015 before Solskjaer returned to the club.

So they have turned to the former United striker to take charge of the first team but it is highly unlikely he will get the job full-time in May.

Jose Mourinho came to Manchester United full of promise, but the road turned rocky almost right away. "I'm really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club", said the Norwegian.

"We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season", he added.

File picture of then Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before their English FA Cup match against Newcastle United at St James' Park stadium in Newcastle January 4, 2014.

The Red Devils are now sixth in the league after losing 3-1 to bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, 19 points behind the league-leading Reds and 11 behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

This led to increased speculation of former France and Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc returning to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho was removed from his post on Tuesday morning following a miserable decline into mediocrity on the pitch since the summer.

"In football you never know what can happen", Solskjaer said. The club is now on a winter break following the end of the 2018 season. "Now, on the other hand, I am happy to congratulate Ole Gunnar".

United have their worst points return after 17 matches in the Premier League era, while things behind the scenes have not been much better of late.

The 45-year-old left to join Molde and, after an ill-fated spell at the helm of Saturday's opponents Cardiff during which the side won nine of 30 games, returned to the Norwegian club and finished second, qualifying for the second qualifying round of the Europa League.


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