Premier League: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed Manchester United manager

Manchester United have finally announced their decision regarding interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Norwegian was offered a three-year contract and he accepted it on Thursday. The 46-year-old former Manchester United player arrived at Old Trafford in December when he replaced former boss Jose Mourinho on a contract that was due to expire at the end of the current season. The former striker had spent 11 years at Man United as a player, and he is still remembered by the fans for scoring the winning goal in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final.

"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," Solskjaer said. "From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club. 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." When Jose Mourinho was dismissed, United were sitting in sixth place in the Premier League table, 11 points off the top four. Since Solskjaer took charge, the Red Devils lost just one of their 13 Premier League matches and are now in fifth place, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

Moreover, Solskjaer led Man United to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after an amazing fightback against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16. "Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves," executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said. "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." Solskjaer became the first ever Red Devils manager to win his first six league matches, beating a record held by Sir Matt Busby. Overall, Solskjaer has won 14 of his 19 matches as Manchester United manager, which amounts to an amazing win ratio of 74%.

Manchester United are 5/4 at Bet365 to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

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  • Bulgaria sharpe


    Well...I'm not sure United board and higher level management have done the right thing appointing Solskjaer before the season ending.

    From a certain point of view it would give the manger a bit of calmness about his future but from the other hand most of the experts have been saying that the club should it wait till the summer break which would keep manager and players hungry for the end we're not even certain how this season going to end for the could be even disastrous in the worst possible scenario missing the top 4 and I wonder how confident the board will be in the Solskjaer appointment then!?!

    Don't get me wrong I think they'd most likely give him the job then but even the impressive streak of results they've had could of be still assigned to the relief of the players after Mourinho's dark times and the joy which Solskjaer bring to the club and players and not so with some fantastic tactical decisions against a tough opponents.

    In fact United have been really struggled in their last couple of games and I think this appointment could become in a quite hasty action in the end...although I wish all the best to Ole as a manager because for any United fan there's no more appropriate person to lead the team than an ex-legendary player like him.

  • Romania Johnny Karp


    Maybe they were afraid some other team would get him? You have to admit that his results were quite impressive.

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