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Solskjaer’s Norwegian side Molde say they have “lent” him to Manchester United

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Solskjaer lent to Manchester United by Norwegian side Molde

Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been unveiled as the new face at Old Trafford following the sacking of Jose Mourinho after United’s 3-1 loss against Liverpool on Sunday. The 45-year-old was the manager of Norwegian outfit Molde when United came calling for him to fill in the shoes of Mourinho until the end of the season.

Solskjaer has been appointed as the interim manager with immediate effect and he will be in charge when United travel to Cardiff for their Premier League fixture on Saturday. However, he has a contract at the Norwegian club till the end of 2021 and United will have to cough up £8 million if they wish to retain him at the helm of affairs beyond the end of the current season.

Molde’s season has already finished for the winter and does not restart until March.

“That Manchester United ask Molde FK to lend the manager is by itself an event and not least a statement of trust for both Ole Gunnar and Molde FK,” said Molde chief executive Oystein Neerland.

“We are positive to lend Ole Gunnar, we wish both him and the club a success.”

Solskjaer thanked Molde for allowing him the unusual step away to take charge at United.

“In football, you never know what can happen,” he told Molde’s website. “We get proof of time after time.

“This is an opportunity I had to take. I am looking forward to leading Manchester United until the summer. At the same time, I will follow closely what is happening here at home.”

Solskjaer has a massive rebuilding job in his hands and it will be interesting to see what effect the sacking of Mourinho has on United’s activity in the January transfer window. Mourinho has left the club languishing at 6th in the standings, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and the Red Devils will need to turn their fortunes around under their new manager if they are to secure a top-four finish.

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