Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new substantive manager after working three months on interim basis
, reports Completesports.com.
The 45 year old Norwegian was handed a three-year contract.
Solskjaer who arrived on an interim basis in December to replace Jose Mourinho became the first United manager to win his first six league games in charge, beating a record held by Sir Matt Busby.
Solskjaer spent 11 seasons as a United player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward also admits Solskjaer is the right man for the job.
“Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves,” Woodward told the club’s official website.
“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 Ole is the right person to take Manchester United forward.
“I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.”
Solskjaer also reacts to his appointment: “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.”
So far under Solskjaer’s reign United have lost only once in 13 league games since then – at Arsenal this month – and are now two points behind the London club, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.
Under Solskjaer, United have also reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014, after they overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit, thanks to a stoppage-time penalty goal at Paris St-Germain.
They face Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
By Johnny Edward