Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed as full-time Man Utd manager - "The job that I always dreamed of doing"

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 28 March 2019, 09:44

It’s official. Manchester United have confirmed the permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a successful spell as interim manager.

Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December and has since accumulated 14 wins from 19 matches in all competitions, at a 73.7% win rate, with Man Utd 5th in the table and through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Gone is the doom-and-gloom that encompassed the tail end of the Mourinho era. He's rejuvenated the fans and players through his contagious positivity, in turn transforming the club’s fortunes on the pitch and even has the chance to become the third man to win the Champions League (1992/93 onwards) as both a player and manager.

Solskjaer, who has penned a three-year contract, told manutd.com:

“From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” said Solskjær.

“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 is United’s fourth permanent Man Utd manager in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, after David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho - Ryan Giggs spent four games in caretaker charge.

The Norwegian's first match as the club’s full-time gaffer is at home to Watford on Saturday afternoon. A win would propel the Red Devils above Arsenal into fourth, for 48 hours at least.

 

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