Premier League Manchester United have moved to appoint club legend Ole Gunnar Skolsjær as their permanent manager.
The Norwegian, who previously managed teams such as Cardiff City and Molde, has signed a three-year contract after arriving at Old Trafford on an interim basis following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.
As a player, Skolsjær spent 11 seasons with United and scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.
Speaking about his appointment, Skolsjær said: ‘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,”
“From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club. It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here.
“The last few months have been a fantastic experience.”
United were sixth on the Premier League and 11 points from the top four when Skolsjær took charge. Since his appointment, they have lost just once in 13 league games – away to Arsenal this month – and now lie two points behind the Gunners, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying place.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward called Skolsjær’s appointment ‘richly deserved’.
He said: “Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves,” he said.
“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.”
Skolsjær also became the first Manchester United manager to win his first six league games, beating a record previously held by Sir Matt Busby, and even helped them reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 after overturning a 2-0 deficit against French giants Paris St Germain.