Manchester United have appointed a full-time manager… and yes, you guessed it right. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the job on a full-time basis after an extremely successful interim period.
The former striker and club legend has led Manchester United to 14 wins in 19 games, and has removed the “boring” label the team had under Jose Mourinho. With the club sitting in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals and facing a real possibility of a Top 4 finish, it was clear the Norwegian was the right man for the job. And now he will have enough time to assemble the squad the way he wants for both the short-term and long-term picture.
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As you might imagine, Solskjaer was thrilled with the news and he explained it during the press conference.
“From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” said Solskjær. “It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far. This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.”
Meanwhile, Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, had nothing but praise for the Norwegian.
“Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves. “More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.”
So… what are the goals now?
The real work starts now, though. Solskjaer must maintain the success of the club and the Top 4 finish is a must if the club wants to secure a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season. But he will do with the backing of the board, the fans, and the whole club. But most importantly, with the security of not having the “caretaker” label anymore.
Welcome, ladies and gentleman, to the Solskjaer show. Things have been smooth so far, and now it’s his responsibility to end the season on a strong note.