Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named Manchester United caretaker manager

The news that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was confirmed as Manchester United's caretaker manager brought out the inner Sir Alex Ferguson in one source at Cardiff City.

The former United striker and Molde manager was accidentally unveiled as the interim manager on the club's website on Tuesday night.

Solskjaer, 45, scored 126 goals for United in 11 seasons with the club under Ferguson, winning six Premier League titles and two FA Cups and scoring the victor in the 1999 Champions League final.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach of Molde looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Coincidentally Solskjaer's first task will be to try and guide United to a much-needed three points away at Cardiff - the club who were relegated from the top flight on his watch in 2014 - on Saturday.

"Manchester United is in my heart and it's brilliant to be coming back in this role", Solskjaer said upon being appointed. "I'm really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club", said Solskjær on the club's website.

"Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles", said the club's vice chairman Ed Woodward.

United have endured their worst points return after 17 matches in the Premier League era, with Sunday's chastening 3-1 loss at Liverpool leaving them 19 points behind their bitter rivals.

This led to increased speculation of former France and Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc returning to Old Trafford.

"I deleted the tweet when I realised with horror that Solskjaer's appointment could open the path for Mourinho coaching my team Brann!"

But Solskjaer arrives as a club hero - nobody's forgotten about his late victor in the 1999 Champions League final - and Man United supporters definitely still remember his comments following an interview in 2014. "Now, on the other hand, I am happy to congratulate Ole Gunnar".

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane are among the bookmakers' favourites to take the United job at the end of the season.

There was no time for Bayern to come back and United won the Champions' League, becoming the first team in the Premier League era to win the triple - Premiership, FA Cup and Champions' League.

  • Steve Townsend