MANCHESTER UNITED have announced Ole Gunnar Solskjær as their caretaker manager until the end of the season.
The former United striker will take the reigns following yesterday’s departure of Jose Mourinho.
Solskjær, who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007, has previously been the club’s reserve-team manager.
He has also managed Norwegian side Molde and Cardiff City.
The club say they are conducting a ‘thorough recruitment process’ for a full-time manager to start in the role next season.
We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season.
He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna. #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 19, 2018
The likes of Laurent Blanc, Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino are tipped as front-runners by bookies.
For now, Solskjær will take charge of the first team, joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, working alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
The Norwegian said: “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.”
Ed Woodward, United’s Executive Vice Chairman, said: “Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles. His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back. We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”