Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed as Manchester United manager on a permanent basis, as Tottenham’s fantastic week continues.
Solskjær has been awarded a three year deal after an extraordinary spell as caretaker manager in which he has won 14 of his 19 matches in charge, reducing the gap to the Champions League positions from 11 points to two.
Additionally the Norwegian overcame huge odds by overturning a 2-0 deficit to navigate United past PSG and into the Champions League quarter-finals. An injury ravaged United side shocked the French champions in the Parc des Prices by winning 3-1 and securing their progression on the away goal rule.
Fantastic news. Solskjaer’s appointment feels like #mufc at last reconnecting with the ethos of the Ferguson era: pride in the shirt, teamwork, hunger, never giving up, being bold. It’s the commitment to attack, to youth, to pace, to width, to glory. #olesatthewheel
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) 28 March 2019
In an official club statement, Solskjær was quoted as saying; “From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club. 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”
Manchester United’s Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, added; “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.”
The news will please fans of Tottenham Hotspur as much as those of Manchester United, during a week in which White Hart Lane has officially reopened.
Tottenham’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, had been linked with the managerial positions at both Manchester United and Real Madrid in recent months. However, with both clubs having made permanent appointments, Spurs fans can relax, simply hoping that nothing happens to Pep Guardiola.
Strange to see the dice roll Spurs’ way for a change but the managerial appointments at Real Madrid and Man United over the past few weeks really couldn’t have gone any better for them.
— Oliver Young-Myles (@OMyles90) 28 March 2019
Solskjær will be tasked with overhauling the United squad this summer during his first transfer window as manager. There are several areas that he will want to strengthen, with the defence a particular cause for concern.
United have conceded 40 league goals this season which is the most in the top seven and equal to Newcastle who are 13th. It is also a goal more than fierce rivals Liverpool and Man City have conceded combined.
The Red Devils have been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Milan Skriniar and Joachim Anderson, so it promises to be an entertaining summer at Old Trafford.