Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was appointed by Manchester United as a caretaker to replace Jose Mourinho has been offered a permanent contract by the club. However, the Norwegian will earn half of Jose Mourinho’s £15million-a-year salary.
Mr. Solskjaer just signed a three-year contract yesterday worth £7.5million-a-year. The permanent contract came, following his impressive performance, which saw him win 14 of his 19 matches since he took over from the Portuguese. Under his watch, Solskjaer successfully led the club to within two points of the top four. More than that, he navigated Manchester United to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, eliminating the French giants Paris Saint-Germain. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in December 2018 on a caretaker basis, he has overseen a dramatic transformation at Old Trafford, increasing the club’s fortunes and bringing back much-needed confidence amongst both the players and fans, which was lost following the worst start of the club in the Premier League history under Mourinho.
Although Solskjaer was initially not considered a serious candidate after Jose Mourinho was shown the exit door, his performance so far has convinced critics that the club’s management may have made a good choice. Manchester United’s preferred choice to replace Mourinho was Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Within a very short time under Solskjaer, Manchester United returned to more attack-minded football, with positive results in the field as well as amongst the players. That achievement helped to bring back the disgruntled fans back on board.
“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. Solskjær emphasised.
“It feels great. It’s been three fantastic months and the support I got here, from the chats I’ve had with Ed, the owners, the staff in and around here, has been great.
“It’s truly an honour. I think everyone knows, and I’ve spoken about it in the last few months, that this is the dream job for any football-interested man, especially anyone who has been involved with Manchester United.” Mr. Solskjaer said.
Reacting to the Solskjaer’s permanent appointment, Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, said the Norwegian’s “deep understanding of the culture of the club” necessitated his permanent appointment.
“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.” Woodward said.
As the club’s manager, Mourinho was often accused of not having a proper understanding of Manchester United’s philosophy. Some strongly believed that affected his performance at Old Trafford.
Now that the once underrated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has proved the doubting Thomas’ wrong with his enviable performance as a manager and secured a permanent contract at Manchester United, the question is, how long can the Norwegian keep up the momentum and the winning record going?