Who Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Manchester United Name Jose Mourinho Replacement

Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the English soccer season.

The 20-time champions of England fired Jose Mourinho on Tuesday and moved quickly to replace him with the Norwegian, who will serve as interim coach over the next five months.

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"Solskjaer will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager," United said in a statement.

Solskjaer will be joined by Mike Phelan as first team coach. They will work alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, who were part of Mourinho's coaching staff earlier this season.

It is also a return to the club for Phelan, who spent 14 years at Old Trafford as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Manchester United is in my heart and it's brilliant to be coming back in this role," the Norwegian said.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club."

Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford during a glittering playing career and is responsible for the greatest moment in the club's history. His injury time goal in the 1999 Champions League final saw United overcome Bayern Munich 2-1 to become the first—and so far only—British club to win the Treble, which consists of claiming the Premier League title, FA Cup and Champions League in the same season.

Largely unknown when he arrived in England after United signed him from Norwegian club Molde for just £1.5 million ($1.90 million) in the summer of 1997, Solskjaer scored 126 goals in 366 games in all competitions and currently ranks as the 16th most prolific player in the club's history.

Aside from the Champions League, Solskjaer won six league titles, two FA Cups and one Intercontinental Cup during his spell at United.

"Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles," United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said.

"His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back. We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season."

The 45-year-old, who took charge of the United Reserves team between 2008 and 2011, has already managed in the Premier League. In January 2014 he was appointed in charge of Cardiff City and oversaw the team's relegation to the Championship four months later, before being sacked in September of the same year.

Ironically, his first game in charge of United will be away at Cardiff on Saturday.

The Norwegian is currently in his second spell as manager of Molde, the club he made his name with in Norway and who he led to the Norwegian title in 2011 and 2012, in his first two seasons as manager.

Molde have agreed to allow Solskjaer to temporarily step down from his role—largely as the Norwegian season runs from March to December, as opposed to most of the other European leagues—before returning to the club in May.

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Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) in action against Reading on 30 December 2006. The Norwegian left United at the end of the season but has now been appointed as caretaker manager. Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images
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