Manchester United today confirmed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had become their permanent manager on a three-year contract and it is expected that Mike Phelan will also stay on as assistant manager.
The Norwegian has been at the wheel while transforming the team’s fortunes, following José Mourinho’s sacking in December. The club decided to reward the former striker the job on a full-time basis.
United fans are understandably buzzing with the appointment. He’s very much one of our own and now it’s his job to manage the club.
Solskjaer is scheduled to hold a press conference at 4pm.
In other news, Mike Phelan is expected to be staying on as assistant manager. The Telegraph, however, claims his contract still has to be arranged.
It has also emerged that United could make a “gesture of goodwill” to Solskjaer’s former club Molde following the appointment, which could include a friendly match.
“From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” said Solskjaer, as per ManUtd.com.
“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.”
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Ed Woodward also reacted to the appointment.
“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. I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.”