Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as the Manchester United manager, on an interim basis until the end of the season.
The former forward has been given the nod by Ed Woodward and United chiefs to take over from Jose Mourinho, who was sensationally sacked on 18 December following a poor run of form.
The 3-1 defeat at great rivals Liverpool was the final nail in the coffin for Mourinho, who had been hanging on to his role for some time.
Solskjaer’s name was officially announced the following morning.
Jesse Lingard has broken the social media silence from Manchester United’s players over the Mourinho sacking.
Lingard scored United’s last goal under the ‘Special One’ in the defeat at Liverpool.
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has released a statement following his dismissal, declaring himself “immensely proud” to have spent two and a half years as manager at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese said: “I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day I arrived, and I believe all United supporters recognise this.”
Solaksjer played his part in some legendary United sides and flourished under Sir Alex Ferguson’s swashbuckling sides, which maintained the club’s rich attacking heritage, which was forged by the Busby Babes.
Since Ferguson retired, United have struggled to play with the same verve, and under Mourinho the football was turgid and pragmatic, effectively a means to an end.
Solskjaer must put the fun back into United’s play and make them exciting to watch once again, with pace and penetration to their play, rather than the prosaic brand of football served up by Mourinho and his predecessors – David Moyes and Louis van Gaal which saw all three lose their jobs.