Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s permanent manager on a three-year deal.
The Norwegian, 46, was named interim boss in December when he replaced Jose Mourinho and the club insisted at the time they would conduct a wide and thorough search for their next boss.
However, Solskjaer has won 15 of his 19 games in charge of the club and guided the team through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a stunning comeback win against Paris Saint-Germain.
Ole Gunnar Solskaer has a 73.7% win rate in all competitions as United manager (BBC Sports)
United had been expected to wait until the end of the season before making an announcement but the club confirmed today that the 46-year-old had been given the job on a full-time basis.
When Solskjaer took charge, United were sixth in the Premier League and 11 points off the top four.
But they have lost only once in 13 league games since – at Arsenal this month – and are now two points behind the London club, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.
Solskjaer spent 11 seasons as a United player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.
“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. ‘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’.
Solskjaer’s only previous experience in the Premier League was with Cardiff City and he failed to steer the Welsh club from relegation in 2014. However, the Norwegian’s knowledge of Old Trafford and his popularity with supporters has restored a positivity that was lacking under Mourinho.
Ed Woodward told United’s official website:
‘Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves,. ‘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 he 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.’