Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named permanent Manchester United manager on 3-year deal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

When Solskjaer was appointed on a temporary deal, United was sixth in the league and 11 points off fourth place - the last spot to gain automatic qualification for next season's Champions League.

England wonderkid Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund has been widely reported as a top target for a club record fee but it is in defence that Solskjaer's former teammate and United captain Gary Neville believes most change is needed.

Solskjaer was confirmed as permanent manager on Thursday, facing immediate questions about whether he will freshen up his squad for next season.

Valencia's performances this season when he did play were mixed, but to his credit, United kept a clean sheet in his last game against Newcastle. I'm the same. I can't be complacent now I've got the job.

United tend to make three or four signings every summer and Solskjaer has vowed to act intelligently in this ever-inflating transfer market.

Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, added "Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves".

The 46-year-old Norwegian, the hero of the club's Champions League final win against Bayern Munich in 1999, has guided United to 14 wins in 19 matches in all competitions as caretaker boss since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.

Solskjaer said he was delighted to be handed the opportunity and have an insight into how he plans to conduct himself at Old Trafford. He's gone back to Molde, did well there and now he's come to Manchester United and, wow, he's really taken off.

"From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club, ” Solskjaer told the club's website".

"Of course, I want to be successful, of course I want to lift trophies, but I can't wait to get onto the job, onto the challenge of improving this great bunch of players because it's a squad full of potential". The buzz phrase within the club was of the need for a "cultural reset" - bringing positivity back to Old Trafford, making players, fans and staff happy again and overseeing a return to United-style attacking football. "I would want a Man United team that's one of the hardest working teams in the league, the fittest teams in the league and that will then bring results. It can't happen overnight, catching 15, 16 or 17 points".

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