Manchester United supporters have reacted positively to the appointment of former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim coach.
The 45-year-old, who became a fan favourite over his 11 year spell at Old Trafford, returns to Manchester on a temporary basis after Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday morning.
Mike Phelan, Sir Alex Ferguson‘s right hand man for five years, also returns to the club as Solskjaer’s assistant.
Supporters have reacted with delight at seeing their curmudgeon of a former manager replaced by the beaming, universally popular Norwegian.
— Craig Norwood (@CraigNorwood) December 19, 2018
Ironic that Solskjaer’s first @manutd game in charge will be against the club he spent 9 months in charge of. He’s come a long way since then winning 98 of his 183 league games in charge of Molde. I’ll be in Cardiff on Saturday to report on his first game as our new boss! #mufc
— Jamie Allen (@Jamie_Journo) December 19, 2018
Can’t stop smiling. Don’t even care if he wins out. I fuckin love the guy. ???????? pic.twitter.com/gUTugaxt37
— Ste Howson (@MrStephenHowson) December 19, 2018
Some are reacting to it like it's a permanent replacement when it's not. Solskjaer, unlike Mourinho, cares more about the club than himself which is why he's agreed to step in for six months until someone better takes the job. Get behind him.
— Si Lloyd (@SmnLlyd5) December 19, 2018
Honestly can’t see how anyone can have an issue with it. Instant feelgood factor, almost impossible for things not to be better on the field, pretty much a total free hit. An interim appointment is the right move and I’ve still seen no better suggestion
— Nick (@ManUnitedYouth) December 19, 2018
Not expecting any miracles or even top 4 but hope Ole can bring the best out of the current bunch and get the team up and running. #mufc
— Rohan (@meetrohan18) December 19, 2018
Nobody expected Solskjaer to be United manager in 2018. It’s the equivalent of going into a real money casino and putting £1000 on number 17 on the roulette table – but it’s happened.
For the first time since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, supporters can confidently assert that they have a manager who understands the essence of their club, and who has emphasized on numerous occasions the importance of United – and any club he has manager – playing aggressive, bold, fast attacking football.
After the hilarity of David Moyes, the soporific two years under Louis van Gaal, and the gradual descent into paranoia with Mourinho, that notion in itself is enough to give United supporters a feeling of hope going forward.
Solskjaer’s priority will be to get these players believing in themselves again. Both individually and as a group. He has a chance to serve as a break from the conservative orthodoxy of United’s recent history, laying the platform for a new and improved vision from whoever takes over permanently next summer.