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Ole Gunnar named Man Utd caretaker manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named as Manchester United’s caretaker manager

LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 19 – Manchester United have named former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, a day after sacking Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.

The 45-year-old takes over with United sixth in the Premier League.

“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said the Norwegian.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”

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Solskjaer, who earlier this month signed a new deal as manager of Norwegian club Molde, will be joined by Mike Phelan, who returns as assistant manager having previously working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson.

Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, both part of Mourinho’s coaching staff, will continue to work under Solskjaer.

Solskjaer’s first match in charge will be against Cardiff – where he endured an ill-fated spell as manager – on Saturday.

He was relegated from the Premier League with the Bluebirds during an eight-month spell as manager in 2014, then sacked after a poor start to the Championship campaign.

United will look to appoint a permanent boss at the end of the season.

“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles,” said Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman.

“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.”

Man Utd’s next six fixtures

Sat 22 Dec     Cardiff v Man Utd      Premier League

Wed 26 Dec   Man Utd v Huddersfield        Premier League

Sun 30 Dec    Man Utd v Bournemouth      Premier League

Wed 2 Jan     Newcastle v Man Utd            Premier League

Sat 5 Jan        Man Utd v Reading   FA Cup third round

Sun 13 Jan    Tottenham v Man Utd           Premier League