Manchester United has appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s permanent manager on a three-year contract.
The 46-year-old Norwegian, who was made interim coach back in December, has transformed the club since his arrival, restoring pride, confidence and a winning-mentality in the club.
A fan favourite and a United legend, since his arrival Solskjaer has lost only one League game out of 13 and, more remarkably, orchestrated a Champions League comeback against European powerhouses PSG that saw United overcome a 2-0 first leg deficit to beat the Parisians at Le Parc Des Princes. That result took United into the quarterfinals of the tournament where Barcelona await, but the spirit in the United team is such that fans believe, with Ole behind the wheel, United have a chance.
“I’m delighted for Ole,” tweeted Gary Neville as the news was announced. “I didn’t think this would happen when he was appointed. However the results and spirit in the club have been incredible since he arrived and he deserves it. He now needs support in the transfer market in terms of finance and the right resource!”
Some football sceptics might be tempted to point out that Solskjaer has been given the job after losing his last two games (a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier league and a similar scoreline loss to Wolves in the FA Cup), but United’s renaissance in 2019 meant that Ole was really the only choice.
“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,” Solskjaer said. “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.”
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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
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