United hire Solskjær as permanent manager following impressive results in start to the job
- Solskjær oversaw United winning 14 of his first 19 games in charge
- Fans of the club celebrate
- United in 1/4 finals of Champions League
Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær as their permanent manager.
The club legend, who scored the winner in the 1999 Champions League final as United won the treble, has enjoyed an impressive run as interim manager and is now given the job officially.
I’m a City fan but this is a good decision. He deserves it. https://t.co/63TjG1jGJR
— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) March 28, 2019
United suffered a poor start to the season under Jose Mourinho, languishing mid table, giving mediocre performances in the Champions League and suffering an embarassing League Cup exit to second tier Derby County.
Reports at the time showed a clear rift between the manager and the players and with results going against the club, Mourinho was sacked.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær was hired as an interim manager, but managed to win his first six games, becoming the first United manager to do so.
Despite being humbled in the FA Cup quarter finals by Wolverhampton Wanderers, United overturned a first-leg defeat to beat top French club Paris Saint-Germain to the quarter finals of the Champions League.
— andrew aubrey (@andyred_devil82) March 28, 2019
Supporters of Solskjær think he is a magician, but critics say the effect of regalvanising the players is more down to Mourinho leaving than Solskjær joining and the real test of the latter as a manager of a top club lies ahead of him in building on his early success.
United play Watford at home on Saturday and host Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarter final on 10 April.