Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as Manchester United’s interim manager until the end of the season.
Following Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday morning, the club took just 24 hours to confirm that the former striker will take charge, alongside the returning Mike Phelan.
The Norwegian scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007 and is most fondly remembered for his dramatic winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.
Upon being appointed, 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.”
Meanwhile, executive vice-captain added: “Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles. 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.”
While Solskjaer was a fantastic player, his managerial career hasn’t exactly been stellar.
He’s currently in his second spell in charge of Molde in Norward but has experienced management in England with Cardiff.
He took over the club in January 2014 with the club in a relegation battle.
But he couldn’t save them from the drop and, after a poor start to life in the Championship, was sacked.
Not exactly credentials that should land you the United job, in truth.
And now a Cardiff fan has revealed his honest opinion of Solskjaer as a manager.
The Leckwith Mole tweeted: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set our club back years. His reckless spending and huge number of signings held the club back to a relegation battle from the Championship.
“Neil Warnock came in and saved our club. Solskjaer is a joke manager.”
Well, that’s not too promising.
Of course, Solskjaer will be working with far more talented players at Old Trafford than he was at Cardiff and knows the club inside out.
But whether he can achieve anything from now until the end of the season remains to be seen.
Ironically, Solskjaer first match as United boss will come against...Cardiff.