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Solskjaer secures permanent Man United job

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been been appointed Manchester United manager on a permanent basis, the club have announced.

The former Red Devils striker has signed a three-year deal to stay on at Old Trafford after a successful stint as caretaker boss, having taken over from Jose Mourinho in December.

He has guided the club to the quarter-finals of the Champions League by seeing off French champions PSG, and has also overseen a dramatic turnaround in Premier League form.

Despite back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Wolves before the international break, the Norwegian – who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007 – was expected to secure the job permanently.

Image: Solskjaer has overseen a dramatic upturn in form

In a statement on the official club website, Solksjaer said: "It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here.

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"The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we've done so far.

"This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I'm beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve."

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Image: Solskjaer scored 126 goals for United during his playing days

United managed only 26 points from their first 17 games of the season under Mourinho and found themselves 19 points behind leaders Liverpool by the time he was sacked, and 11 points off fourth-placed Chelsea.

They now sit above Chelsea in the table and are just a few points behind Tottenham and Arsenal, who are their main rivals for a place in the top four and qualification for the Champions League next season.

No team in the Premier League has taken more points than United since Solksjaer took over, with their 32 points from 13 games beating the 31 from 14 earned by Liverpool.

Key players like Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have also enjoyed a significant upturn in form.

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Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves.

"More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take MRead More – Source

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