Manchester United have confirmed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been hired as interim manager to see out the rest of the season following Jose Mourinho’s unceremonious sacking on Tuesday morning.
The former United striker, 45, will be ably assisted by Mike Phelan, with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna flanking them as first-team coaches.
Speaking to the club website, Solskjaer said:
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.
Solskjaer only signed a new three-year contract with Molde a couple of weeks ago but with the Norwegian league not due to start until March, it would appear that he has received special dispensation to dip out and give it a bash at Old Trafford.
Of course, he was utterly abysmal in charge at Cardiff a few seasons back (overseeing a relegation and a criminally low points yield between his appointment in January and his dismissal in September) so we’re not entirely sure how this one is going to go.
That said, Solskjaer is a bona fide United club legend and lord alone knows the whole club could do with the kind of morale boost the return of an idol usually brings.
Best of luck to him. With the things the way they are, you feel he might need it.