Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed as Manchester United’s permanent manager following his highly successful stint as interim manager to date.
Solskjær took over as interim manager following the departure of Jose Mourinho and had since recorded 14 victories and two draws in 19 games, including the remarkable 3-1 win against PSG to send United into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The former United striker has been handed a three-year contract and speaking to MUTV, Solskjær said the entire journey has been a dream come true.
“From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” said Solskjær. “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.”
Solskjær will have a big task ahead of him with Paul Pogba being heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford while Ander Herrera and David de Gea remain two players whose contract situations are up in the air.
His first move will be to ensure that the key players of the club commit to staying at United before he faces the daunting task of having his first real transfer window in charge with United desperate to strengthen certain areas in order to become title contenders.
United announced that they were originally going to wait until the end of the season before making a decision but the results under Solskjær, and possibly the various contract situations, seem to have won the board over enough to put their faith in him.
32 – Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment at Man Utd in December, the Red Devils have won more points than any other Premier League team (32). Wheel. pic.twitter.com/J2gHZBEAwg
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If United are going to regain the status they had under Sir Alex Ferguson, Solskjær will need the complete backing of the club as he becomes the third manager since the departure of Ferguson to build a United squad worth of being the best in England and then Europe!