Manchester United spent roughly one day without a new manager. Knowing the challenges that lie ahead for The Red Devils, the board moved quickly. And as a result, the club has a caretaker manager until the end of the current term.
Names such as Nicky Butt and Michael Carrick quickly emerged as possibilities. However, Manchester United have appointed a former club legend. He comes from Norway, and goes by the name of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The ‘Baby-faced assassin’, as he was known during his playing days, comes to Old Trafford following his second stint with FK Molde in the Norway Tippeligaen. But he is best known for being one of the most prolific super-subs in the club’s history.
Solskjaer and Woodward spoke to media
Speaking with the media, Solskjaer didn’t hide his anxiety to begin training with the lads. “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”.
Meanwhile, executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, also spoke about Solskjaer’s arrival. “Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles,” said Woodward. “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.”
Solskjaer’s coaching staff and first-team debut
Phelan will return as first-team coach. He will be a familiar face since he previously worked with Sir Alex Ferguson. Meanwhile, Carrick and Kieran McKenna will continue being part of the coaching staff.
Solskjaer, who spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, and netted 126 goals in 11 seasons as a United player, will debut as club manager on Saturday against Cardiff City.