Manchester United appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager on three-year contract:

Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager on a three-year contract.

The Norwegian, 46, arrived at Old Trafford on an interim basis in December to replace Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer spent 11 seasons as a United player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.

He has since gone on to win 14 out of the 19 games that have followed. If the Premier League season had started when Solskjaer took over as United manager, United be top of the table. United have plundered 32 points from the 13 Premier League matches since the Norwegian took over as manager.

Solskjaer’s win record totals a massive 77%, the best of any Manchester United manager, including Sir Alex Ferguson who has a win record of just under 60%.

“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,” Solskjaer said.

“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.”

When Solskjaer took charge, United were sixth in the Premier League and 11 points off the top four.

But they have lost only once in 13 league games since – at Arsenal this month – and are now two points behind the London club, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Solskjaer became the first United manager to win his first six league games, beating a record held by Sir Matt Busby.

United reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 when they became the first club ever to overturn a 2-0 first-leg home deficit thanks to a stoppage-time penalty from Marcus Rashford at Paris St-Germain this month.

Solskjaer’s assistant Mike Phelan still has a contract with Central Coast Mariners in Australia, although it is anticipated he will also stay on at Old Trafford.

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