Manchester United confirm appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim coach

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the winner in the 1999 Champions League final

The 55-year-old was dismissed at Old Trafford on Tuesday after two-and-a-half-years at the club, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed on an interim basis 24 hours later.

Sunday's 3-1 loss at Anfield leaves the side 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and facing an 11-point gap to the Champions League spots.

The former United striker will be assisted by Mike Phelan, 56, another of the club's former players, who previously spent 14 years on the club's coaching staff, including five as the No. 2.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles".

A source close to the club has told Reuters that Fletcher's former team mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club's ex-assistant coach Mike Phelan were set to return to Old Trafford as caretaker managers until the end of the season.

In a very rare situation, the 45-year-old will return to Molde in 2019. He had a spell as reserve-team manager at United between 2008 and 2011.

'That Manchester United ask Molde FK to lend the manager is by itself an event, and not least a statement of trust for both Ole Gunnar and Molde FK.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been in the spotlight
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been in the spotlight

Just about every retired ex-United player seemed to have their name speculatively mentioned in connection with the vacancy, but it is Solskjaer who has now been tasked with riding out the remainder of the season.

Solskjaer, along with Laurent Blanc, were the main contenders for the role following Jose Mourinho's sacking.

"In football you never know what can happen", Solskjaer said.

However, in two weird cases, club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now been confirmed as the man to steady the ship. "When I saw what I took to be a confirmation, I tweeted my congratulations, but then saw that it was a bit too soon". What matters, really, is how the club goes about moving forward next season. "Meanwhile, I will closely monitor what is happening here at home (Molde)". With Molde losing Solskjær until the summer, people are wondering how it will work out.

Ironically, his first match in charge of United could be against Cardiff on Saturday if the mooted deal is completed in time.

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.

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