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Jose Mourinho has ‘nothing to say’ as Manchester United confirm Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager

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Manchester United have named Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager following the departure of Jose Mourinho, who has told Sky Sports News he has “nothing to say” about his dismissal.

The former Old Trafford striker will take charge of the first team until the end of the season, while the club searches for a new full-time manager.

He will be joined by first team coach Mike Phelan, alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.

“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,” he said.

United sacked former manager Mourinho on Tuesday, two days after his side lost 3-1 to Liverpool.

The Man Utd manager was welll-known for his quips
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Jose Mourinho was sacked two days after his side lost 3-1 to Liverpool

The club have made their worst start to a league season since 1990-91 and sit sixth in the Premier League, 19 points off the summit and 11 away from fourth and the Champions League places.

Mourinho has returned to his home in central London after spending his two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford living out of a hotel, with his family having been reluctant to move north.

Upon being tracked down by SSN reporter Gary Cotterill, the 55-year-old only said: “I have nothing to say. You know me. If you want to walk with me, let’s go to Battersea. No problem for me. I have nothing to say, bye.”

Solskjaer scored 126 goals in ten years for Man Utd
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Solskjaer scored 126 goals in 10 years for Man Utd

Solskjaer, who also served a stint as manager at Cardiff City, scored 126 goals during 366 appearances for Manchester United between 1996 and 2007.

He became the club’s reserve team manager in 2008, and now manages Norway’s Molde FK.

“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles,” said Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s executive vice chairman.

“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 decision was greeted with enthusiasm in Norway, with prime minister Erna Solberg calling it a “great day for Norwegian football”.

She had previously accidentally revealed the announcement in ahead of time – after Manchester United let the appointment slip in a captioned video on their website – but deleted the tweet.

Soksjaer recently signed a new contract with Molde, and the club said they were “positive” to lend Solskjaer to Manchester United.

“This is a big opportunity for Molde FK, we think it will develop the team and help to put Molde FK further on the football card,” said the club’s chief executive Oystein Neerland.

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