After a tenure of two and a half years came to an abrupt end at Old Trafford for Jose Mourinho after he led the Red Devils to an abysmal start to this season’s campaign, Manchester United have called upon their former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s caretaker manager in the Portuguese’s absence until the remainder of the season.
According to reports, now former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was axed earlier on Tuesday following a one-on-one chat with club executive Ed Woodward, and the club have now welcomed with arms wide open their “super sub” Solskjaer at the helm, along with new head coach Mike Phelan, previously assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 45-year old Norwegian striker, after retiring from playing the sport back in 2007, took over managerial duties at his former club Molde in Norway in 2011 and led them to their first ever consecutive titles in his first two seasons with them. However, prior to that, Solskjaer remained close to United even after retirement as their reserve manager.
As a player, Ole scored 126 times in 366 appearances for the multiple Premiership champions in his 11-year tenure between 1996 to 2007 under Ferguson, including his famous goal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final which won United the ultimate European crown and eventually the treble in 1999.
“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,” Solskjær told mufc.com.
Solskjaer’s first test at United begins with a visit to his former club Cardiff City in the Premier League.