Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a name for himself soon after arriving at Manchester United as a replacement for Jose Mourinho. With impressive results from Manchester United since December, the Norwegian coach finally got offered a contract and a position as a permanent coach for the English side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Norwegian football coach and former Manchester United player arrived at the Red Devils on December 19th 2018, a day after Jose Mourinho left the English side after a disastrous season, which saw Manchester United sitting at 6th place, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool, and whole 11 points outside of reaching the top 4. As a caretaker of the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer soon managed to steer the team back into a fight for the top 4 with a series of impressive results. Since the day Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at the club, Manchester United managed to win 8 games in a row and were even on an impressive run of 11 unbeaten matches. As it stands now, Manchester United won 15, drew 2 and lost only 3 matches, which includes an impressive comeback in the Champions League, when Manchester United defeated PSG 1:3 in France.
It would be hard to deny, Manchester United are a completely new and improved team since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Due to the obvious improvement from the English side, it should not come off as a surprise, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was offered a contract to officially become the head coach at the team where he spent 13 years, since 1996 till 2007, until he retired. After the news of Ole Gunnar Solskjær becoming the head coach, the executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward released an official statement, where 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.”
Ed Woodward summed up nicely what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brings to the table and why they decided to offer him a full-time contract. After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer received the offer, the fans and players couldn’t hide their excitement, and same can be said for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had something to say as well.
“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.”
So now it’s official. Since March 28th, 2019, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the new head coach of Manchester United. With the impressive results he managed to produce as the head coach it was expected to happen sooner or later, but only time will tell if the 46-year old is the best fit for Red Devils in the long run.