Manchester United confirms Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as its permanent manager

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as its permanent manager on Thursday as a reward for leading the team to 14 wins in 19 games in his impressive interim spell.

The former United striker has turned the club’s season around after replacing Jose Mourinho as coach on December 19.

He has led the team into the Champions League quarterfinals and also revived its bid for a top-four finish in the English Premier League.

More than that, he has the team playing in an attractive style while also lifting the gloom that lingered at the club in the final months of Mourinho’s tenure.

Solskjaer accepted a new three-year contract.

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.

Now United is in fifth place but only two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, after losing just one of its 13 league games under Solskjaer.

In the Champions League, United beat Paris Saint-Germain over two legs in the last 16 and next faces Barcelona.