Guardiola backs Solskjaer to hit the ground running at Man Utd

There's no doubt that Solskjaer will receive a warm reception from United's travelling support.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with the Old Trafford role (John Walton/PA).

But first comes a short-term managerial replacement, along with an extensive and thorough process to belatedly rejig United's background structure.

It is understood that while first-team coach Michael Carrick took training on Tuesday, United plan to name a caretaker manager from outside the club by the end of the week to see out the season, with a permanent appointment to follow.

"My job is for the next six months, I will do as well as I can, to move the club forward".

A video on the club's official website was posted on Tuesday evening with the caption: "Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 seasons after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou..."

He was part of the Manchester United youth setup until 2011, signed after impressing at one of Solskjaer's soccer schools in Norway.

Molde looked to control games with possession-based football on their way to the top with an emphasis placed on holding onto the ball and carving opposition teams open.

Solskjaer inherits a disjointed, top-heavy squad.

"He's (Sir Alex) influenced me with everything". After a 5-0 drubbing by Haugesund threatened to derail his side's title challenge, Solskjaer delivered a rousing speech in which his players to back themselves for the league title. He went the next 22 games unbeaten, but Emery now faces his first real blip as Arsenal manager, having lost in the league to Southampton then in the Carabao Cup to Tottenham.

He said: "We are in a results business and we want to win games, and that's our job".

"It has to be one of the Class of 92 that takes over".

Mourinho's last couple of months in control were overwhelmed by media reports of his dropping out with the club's 90 million pounds ($114 million) France midfielder Paul Pogba while his side toiled on the pitch playing tiresome cautious football. I just want to finish, it happened yesterday and I'd like to say it's game over.

United's injury- and error-prone centre backs won't magically find form and fitness overnight, and Ed Woodward is unlikely to be able to find the quality reinforcements needed in the January transfer window.

Mourinho was failing on all three fronts, but had been hopeful of turning things around.

"It's about getting every player to their best", Solskjaer said.

  • Rosalie Stanley