Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed United's interim manager
Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their interim manager after sacking Jose Mourinho. Earlier in the day, this was unofficially revealed on the club's website in a video named 'The Most Famous Night of Ole's Career'. It was captioned "Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 seasons after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou." United have now confirmed the appointment.
How was the news leaked?
Other than the video, BBC reports that even a page on United's website named Solskjaer as the interim manager. However, all such messages and the video were deleted from the website soon after. Even a tweet the Norwegian Prime Minister posted, congratulating the former United striker for his new role, was later deleted. However, all the speculations were indeed true.
Solskjaer's illustrious career as a United player
The Norwegian spent over a decade with Manchester United, from 1996 to 2007, and was a prolific goal-scorer during his prime. He scored 126 goals for Manchester United in his career. The best moment of his United career came when he netted in the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final at the Camp Nou.
How has the acclaimed player performed as a coach?
Solskjaer doesn't have any experience of managing a top division European team. He has won two Norwegian league titles, and was a manager of Cardiff City, but failed to stop their demotion to the second tier. He has a tough road ahead as the gaffer of United. The current season has witnessed United getting off to one of the worst starts in the history.
Will United manage to get back to form anytime soon?
Since Ferguson left, no one has been able to replicate even half of the success he had delivered with the Red Devils. The United manager's job has become one such position, which only brings qualms and difficulties to whoever takes on the mantle. The club needs to go undergo a restructuring, with the bunch of right-wingers reduced for acclaimed players in each position.