English Premier League giants Manchester United have appointed former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager, barely 24 hours after terminating the contract of Jose Mourinho.
Solskjaer has been named as a caretaker boss until the end of the season, the club has announced.
The club announced the appointment in a statement: “Manchester United announced today that former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018-19 season.” it read.
“Solskjaer will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager.”
The Norwegian coach is a Manchester United cult hero, having scored the crucial winning goal in their 1999 Champions League final stoppage time win over Bayern Munich. He earned the nickname the ‘baby faced assassin’ for his famed baby face and ability to come off the bench and score crucial goals.
Solajkaer has been manager of the Norwegian side Molde FK and leaves that role for United, who were in need of a stopgap after Mourinho’s sacking.
“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.” Solskjaer said of his appointment.