Manchester United stars past and present queued up to congratulate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his permanent appointment was announced.
The club’s caretaker boss has been given a three-year deal after he improved the team’s fortunes dramatically in a 19-match interim spell in charge.
Ex-United defender turned pundit Gary Neville welcomed the move and urged the club to back their man financially.
“I’m delighted for Ole,” Neville tweeted.
“I didn’t think this would happen when he was appointed. However the results and spirit in the club have been incredible since he arrived and he deserves it. He now needs support in the transfer market in terms of finance and the right resource!”
I’m delighted for Ole . I didn’t think this would happen when he was appointed . However the results and spirit in the club have been incredible since he arrived and he deserves it. He now needs support in the transfer market in terms of finance and the right resource! ❤️👹— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 28, 2019
BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand posted a clip of himself urging United to give the job to his former colleague, adding: “Yessss Ole is officially at The Wheel… Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Manager of @ManUtd!
“I hope my Thank You is in post Ole,” he added.
Solskjaer’s treble-winning team-mate Peter Schmeichel also chimed in, posting: “Congratulations my friend, it is well deserved. Up and onwards, let’s chase some trophies.”
And current players Chris Smalling and Marcus Rashford both told their now full-time manager: “Congrats boss.”
Solskjaer – known during his playing days as the “baby-faced assassin” – has been credited with reviving United’s fortunes this season after a poor start under Jose Mourinho.
The Norwegian has overseen victories in 14 of his 19 games in charge, giving the Red Devils a chance of a top-four finish.
Meanwhile, a dramatic win over Paris Saint-Germain unexpectedly sent them through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named as Manchester United‘s permanent manager after a record-breaking spell in caretaker charge.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at the statistical marks set or equalled by Solskjaer and his United team.
Won first six Premier League games
Solskjaer’s side saw off Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Tottenham and Brighton to match the record set by Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea and shared by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. A draw with Burnley prevented him breaking the record.
Won first eight games as Manchester United manager
That storming start also took in FA Cup wins over Reading and Arsenal, making it eight straight wins in all competitions to start Solskjaer’s reign, breaking Sir Matt Busby’s record of five.
Nine consecutive away wins for United
The Cardiff, Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal wins came away from Old Trafford and Solskjaer remained 100 per cent on his travels up to and including the incredible Champions League victory at the Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain.
He has since suffered consecutive away defeats, to Arsenal in the league and Wolves in the FA Cup.
Premier League manager of the month
Solskjaer won the award in January, making him the first Norwegian winner of either the player or manager of the month prizes.
Manchester United have named Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s manager on a three-year deal following a successful spell as caretaker boss.
Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at six matches that helped the Norwegian get the job on a full-time basis.
Solskjaer enjoyed a dream start to life at the helm as United scored five goals in a Premier League match for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, winning 5-1 in the Welsh capital.
Marcus Rashford scored after just three minutes, while Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard (two) were also on target.
Solskjaer came through his toughest test so far with a 1-0 win at Wembley. However, he was indebted to David De Gea for a superb goalkeeping display as he became the first manager in the club’s history to win their first six games in charge.
Alexis Sanchez scored on his return to the Emirates Stadium as Solskjaer’s unprecedented winning run as United boss continued with a 3-1 triumph in the FA Cup fourth round.
Solskjaer’s United bounced back from their first-leg defeat against PSG in the Champions League with an impressive display to dump holders Chelsea out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 fifth-round win at Stamford Bridge.
Solskjaer showed he can handle adversity by adapting to first-half injuries to Herrera, Juan Mata and his replacement Lingard, all of whom had to be substituted before the break, to keep the Premier League leaders at arm’s length for a creditable goalless draw.
Paris Saint-Germain (a)
Romelu Lukaku scored a brace for the third game in a row as United overcame a 2-0 first-leg deficit to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after a 3-1 win at Parc Des Princes.
Lukaku scored either side of a Juan Bernat strike but it was in stoppage time that the real drama happened. Diogo Dalot’s shot hit Presnel Kimpembe on the arm and, after a VAR review, referee Damir Skomina pointed to the spot and Rashford kept his cool to convert.