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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed as Man United interim manager

The Norweigan club legend will be there until the end of this season

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Christmas has come early for Man United fans, as club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named as their caretaker manager until the end of the season, with Mike Phelan added as his assistant.

The former United striker – who played for the club between 1996 and 2007, famously netting the winning goal in their 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich – will take over at Old Trafford after the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.

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The Red Devils are currently down in sixth-place in the Premier League table, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 off the top four.

The axe fell for Mourinho after United’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday, with their next game away to Cardiff on Saturday evening.

It’s been a tough few weeks for Jose

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It’s been a tough few weeks for Jose

Interestingly, Solskjaer’s last job in the Premier League was with Cardiff, when he took over the Bluebirds during their 2013/14 campaign.

He collected just 7 wins and 30 points as they finished bottom of the table, and he was sacked just a couple of months later.

Since then, he’s been enjoying a relatively successful tenure with Norwegian side Molde, helping the club finish runners-up in the Eliteserien last season.

Solskjaer has been the manager of Molde since 2015, and was previously with the club between 2011 and 2014 before leaving for Cardiff

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Solskjaer has been the manager of Molde since 2015, and was previously with the club between 2011 and 2014 before leaving for Cardiff

Phelan will also be a popular appointment, having been Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man in his final five years at the club.

In that time, he oversaw the club win three Premier League titles and two runs to the final of the Champions League, before departing shortly after Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

Since then, he’s had spells with Norwich and Hull, but has struggled to make a name for himself as a manager.

Phelan was Fergie’s right-hand man for five years

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Phelan was Fergie’s right-hand man for five years

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