Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer appointed Manchester United manager

Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, following the sacking of Jose Mourinho yesterday.

Former Manchester United player and coach Mike Phelan will also return to Old Trafford as first-team coach.

Solskjaer has enjoyed plenty of success coaching Molde in his homeland Norway, although he struggled during his only spell managing in the Premier League, when in 2014 his brief tenure in charge of Cardiff City ended in relegation.

The 45-year-old remains contracted to Molde and has essentially been loaned to United until the end of the season, while the Old Trafford hierarchy conducts a thorough search for their next permanent manager.

The former United striker will be a popular appointment among fans, with the Norwegian a cult hero at Old Trafford during his playing career with the Red Devils, scoring 91 goals in 234 Premier League appearances, as well as famously scoring the last minute winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

Solskjaer will take his first training session as United boss on Thursday, before his first game, which ironically will be on Saturday away to his former club Cardiff City.

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