Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.

Mourinho was relieved of his duties as the head coach after two and half years at the helm. Solskjær who once played for the Red Devils for over a decade will take charge of the club on interim basis until the end of the season.

The club announced the new appointment in a statement on Wednesday.

“Manchester United announced today that former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season,” reads the statement.

“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.”

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.

His first assignment will be against a side he once managed, Cardiff City, on Saturday in the league.

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