Hero Ole Gunnar Solskjær Returns To Lift Gloom

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær‘s returning to Old Trafford as Manchester United’s caretaker manager.

The club’s former striker comes in as a temporary replacement for Jose Mourinho – who was sacked yesterday.

The Portuguese boss left following rumours of difficult relationships with a number of players – including Paul Pogba.

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Mauricio Pochettino remains the favourite to take the United job on a full time basis. Solskjær scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007.

In 2008 he became the club’s reserve-team manager, before taking the managerial role at FC Molde in Norway.

Solskjær will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager.

He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, working alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.

Describing Solskjær as a club legend, Vice Chairman Ed Woodward says he is certain the former striker will unite the players and fans.

“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,” said Solskjær.

Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles, said Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman. ”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.”