Manchester United have this morning confirmed that interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been given the job on a permanent basis. The Norwegian has been rewarded with a three-year contract at Old Trafford, having impressed since taking over from José Mourinho in December. Since then, United have won 14 of their 19 matches in all competitions, losing just three.
Quoted on the United website, Solskjær said:
“From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club. It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far. This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.”
There has been some concern that appointing Solskjær permanently would change the fruitful dressing room dynamic that he seems to have established since taking charge. His previous managerial record is sketchy at best, with his title-winning campaigns at Molde sitting alongside a disastrous spell in the Premier League with Cardiff. But after such an impressive start, it would be equally remiss of Ed Woodward to let him go. Regarding Solskjær’s appointment, the United executive vice-chairman said:
“Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves. More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.”
Long live King Ole.