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Manchester United appoint Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer as manager

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He joins on an interim basis from Molde

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Manchester United have announced the appointment of Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager until the end of the season.

The former United player replaces Jose Mourinho, who left the club yesterday after a poor start to the 2018/19 season.

A statement on the club’s official website, manutd.com, said:

“Manchester United announced today that former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season.

“Solskjær scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007. In 2008 he became the club’s reserve-team manager, before taking the managerial role at FC Molde in Norway.

“Solskjær will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager. He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, working alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.”

Manchester United are expected to make a move for Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season, but he could cost around £34 million in compensation.

United’s next match, and Solkjaer’s first match in charge as manager, will be against the caretaker manager’s former Premier League side Cardiff City.