Ole Solskjaer handed task of turning round United

After their worst start to a Premier League season, Manchester United have looked to one of their former stars to turn around their fortunes – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed the role of caretaker manager.

The Baby-faced Assasin returns

The Norwegian spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford and was afforded legendary status after scoring a dramatic stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final.

Solskjaer, who does have some Premier League managerial experience after a brief spell with Cardiff, has been in charge of Norwegian side Molde and will return there next summer.

Familiar setting first up

With United 19 points off top spot, a title challenge has been ruled out but the 45-year-old’s task will be to try and secure the Red Devils a top-four finish (13.00).

That looks a very difficult task though, with United currently 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with 21 league matches still to be played.

Ironically, Solskjaer’s first game in charge will be against his former club Cardiff on Saturday (Match Odds – Cardiff 6.15, Draw 4.05, Man Utd 1.58), with Neil Warnock’s men having won their last three matches on home soil.

United will end 2018 with back-to-back home games, with Huddersfield the visitors to Old Trafford on Boxing Day before a clash with Bournemouth on Sunday December 30.

Europe or bust for Ole

The minimum requirement for Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan will be to secure a top-six finish and currently United are 1.20 to achieve that.

Old Trafford officials have also hinted at a change in playing style, saying that Solskjaer understands the “philosophy of the club” and the ex-striker is likely to play with more intent going forward.

Meanwhile, United will start their process to find a permanent manager to take charge before the start of next season – with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Laurent Blanc and Zinedine Zidane all mentioned as potential targets.