Solskjaer says he's 'home' after taking United job

The former striker will effectively be "loaned" to United from his position as boss of Norwegian side Molde to see out the season at Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho's sacking on Tuesday.

Luke Shaw will be available for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first match as interim manager of Manchester United against Cardiff on Saturday.

United fans sing about Solskjaer making them happy when skies are grey, and his warm smiles on camera were a panacea to those who have had to watch Mourinho grumble, growl and scowl during press conferences this season.

I've seen the last few games.

"And the club have got the recruitment and scouting, so I'm sure they've got their targets, but I've not sat down and talked about that".

The out-of-form Chilean made a bet Mourinho would be sacked before the end of the season.

He was relegated from the Premier League with the Bluebirds in 2014, then sacked after a poor start to the Championship campaign.

He was part of the Manchester United youth setup until 2011, signed after impressing at one of Solskjaer's soccer schools in Norway.

"I keep the good things and I don't speak about anything that happened in the club", Mourinho said.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with the Old Trafford role
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with the Old Trafford role

Mourinho was dismissed by United on Tuesday, just two days after a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool which left them sixth in the Premier League and trailing their opponents by 19 points.

"I can't wait to help the team, we're going to get ahead together".

"You can't really win and you have to leave I'm afraid".

Solskjaer arrived at United knowing the club are not planning to hire him in the long-term, and while he acknowledges he would love to be there permanently, he is just content to be helping out in a trying time.

"You do expect (Pogba) to perform".

Most likely majority of his first month or so will be spent trying to undue the work of his predecessor and fix the relationship between coach and players.

"I don't think he's conducted himself well recently and I think he needs a kick up the backside", Fletcher told BBC Radio Five Live.

A man with a reputation for having hard third seasons throughout his career could not change that pattern at Old Trafford, with recent months being marked by high-profile clashes with star players Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, and apparent discontent over the club's failure to sign a defender in the summer.

"I was one of his biggest advocates 2 & half years ago when he joined the club & felt he stabilised #mufc when we needed it..."

  • Stacy Allen