Manchester United having parted ways with Jose Mourinho have named former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their caretaker boss until the end of the season.
The former Norway striker scored 126 goals in 366 matches for United between 2006 and 2007.
He became United’s reserve team coach a decade ago before moving to Norway to manage FC Molde.
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“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,” said Solskjær on the club’s website.
United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: “Ole is a club legend with huge experience,both on the pitch and in coaching roles.
Also, 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.”
Molde have said in a statement that they expect their coach to return to
manage them after his six-month spell ends at Old Trafford next May.
“That Manchester United asks 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.
We are positive to lend Ole Gunnar, we wish both him and the club a success, said Molde CEO ØysteinNeerland.
“This is a big opportunity for Molde FK, we think it will be developing and helping to put Molde FK further on the football card,”
Solskjaer memorable days at Man Utd.
Solskjaer had 11 years at United as a player, memorably scoring in the
Champions League final against Bayern Munich to seal the treble in 1999,
and spent a period as their reserve coach, working with the likes of Paul Pogba.
United have endured their worst points return after 17 matches in the
Premier League era, with Sunday’s chastening 3-1 loss at Liverpool leaving them 19 points behind their bitter rivals.
They also face an eye-watering 11-point gap to the top four, leading the club
to dismiss Mourinho at the end of a year that started with handing him a contract extension.