Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signs three-year contract as Manchester United manager

Manchester United has a new permanent manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a three-year contract, replacing Jose Mourinho and is now charged with leading the club into another new era. The Norwegian came in back in December 2018 as the clubs caretaker manager, changing the entire dynamic of the club with his injection of confidence.

United has played a total of 19 matches in all competitions, of which 14 have been won, two drawn and three lost. Which shows the level of confidence the Norwegian has brought back into United. United has scored 40 goals, conceded 17 and had seven clean sheets earning 32 Premier League points – out of a possible 39.

Under Solskjaer, United have earned a UEFA Champions League quarter-final place against Barcelona after coming back from a 2-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain by winning 3-1 away from home, against all odds. United also reached the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup, losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

One thing that Solskjaer has done in his short time as the clubs caretaker manager is to earn more Premier League points than any other club in the league since that 3-1 defeat to Liverpool which saw the end of Mourinho. Speaking to the official Manchester United website about his three-year contract, 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.”

United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, who has come under immense pressure over the past six years for various things, including management recruitment and the lack of player recruitment, will now have work to do in order to ensure that the fourth manager post-Sir Alex Ferguson is backed for success. He said:

“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.”

United still has a lot to achieve this season and getting back to winning ways in the Premier League this weekend with United hosting Watford will be one of the priorities, aiming to break back into the top four and staying there at the end of the season. The Champions League will also be a competition United could achieve in, which will be tough. However, United have their mentality back and many will not write them off.

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