By Dave Marshall
Manchester United have rolled back the years to appoint legendary player, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the interim manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old Norwegian will take charge of United till the end of the season until a permanent full-time manager is announced. The football world was shocked when Manchester United released a statement that Jose Mourinho had left the club, with no one sure about who the next manager would be.
However, in a show of ruthlessness, United have quickly brought in Solskjaer who is a bona-fide club legend in the hope that he will steady the ship until the end of the season after such a disappointing campaign.
Speaking after the deal was made public, United vice-chairman, Ed Woodward said,
“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles. His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back. We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season”.
United lost 3-1 at bitter rivals, Liverpool last time out, a result that left The Red Devils 11 points adrift of the Champions League places.
Solskjaer’s appointment sees United reverting back to player who served the club for so many years, known as ‘the baby-faced assassin’, he played for the club between 1996 and 2007, with his most memorable goal the one that sealed a dramatic comeback against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
Solskjaer will be tasked with the responsibility of getting all of United’s players firing again after so many of them had fallen out with Mourinho.
United’s next match is against Cardiff this weekend where Solskjaer will be assisted by Mike Phelan, Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick.