Club Inadvertently Posts To Website
Manchester United are set to appoint their former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager until the end of the season. The news comes just a day after the sacking of Jose Mourinho following the side’s worst start to a Premier League season in 28 years.
Rumours of Soskjaer’s imminent appointment gathered pace last night after a video of the Norwegian scoring the winner in the 1999 Champions League Final was posted on the club website.
The video was captioned: “Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 seasons after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou.” However, it was removed shortly afterwards.
Solskjaer is currently in his second spell as manager of Molde, the club he played for before he moved to Old Trafford in 1996. The side finished second in the Norwegian league whose season came to an end last month. It was their second consecutive finish as runners-up.
The 45-year-old led to Molde to two league titles during his first spell at the club between 2010 and 2014. He then had an unsuccessful nine months in the Premier League with Cardiff City. He failed to prevent the Bluebirds from being relegated and he was sacked in September 2014 after a poor start to the Championship season.
Mourinho was fired on Tuesday morning following a meeting with United chief executive Ed Woodward. He leaves United in eighth place in the Premier League table. However, the Red Devils are 11 points off a Champions League place and the fact that they are appointing an interim manager suggests the United board have all but given up on a top four finish.
Champions League qualification is a minimum requirement for Manchester United managers. David Moyes was sacked once it became mathematically impossible to finish in the top four. Louis van Gaal was given until the side had played in the 2016 FA Cup Final before he was jettisoned.
It had been thought that the United board would again wait until it was impossible to gain a place at Europe’s top table before firing Mourinho. But they have decided enough was enough.
United are expected to make a move in the summer for Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs will demand £34million in compensation for the Argentine.