In line with public opinion, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has officially been confirmed as the permanent manager of Manchester United after a successful period in interim charge.

The Norwegian coach was only hired in a caretaker capacity until the end of the season but the turnaround under his reign since taking over from José Mourinho in December has somewhat necessitated his appointment on a longer-term basis.

As contained in a statement on United's official website, Solskjær has been rewarded with a three-year contract.

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Reacting on this development, Solskjær 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 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.”

The Norwegian has taken United into the last eight of the Champions League by beating Paris Saint-Germain and has put the side in strong contention for a top-four finish. He went 12 matches unbeaten in the Premier League before a defeat at Arsenal in early March.

That was followed by United’s exit from the FA Cup at Wolves before the international break but United have confirmed they regard Solskjær as the best long-term option. Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino had been regarded as a strong candidate for the job.


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