Manchester United have confirmed this morning that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018-19 season.
He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
After leaving United in 2013 with Sir Alex Ferguson, Phelan claimed he had essentially been manager in all but name over the years leading up to Fergie’s retirement.
With the way things have gone, my first thoughts are to be the boss, yeah. It’s the progression for me now. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last five years, albeit with the title of assistant boss.
He [Ferguson] was the head of the establishment, there’s no doubt about it and rightly so. He didn’t get to where he’s got through not being a big decision maker but he’ll be the first to admit that a lot of people played their part in that.
We all were undercover in that respect. We weren’t the face of what was going on but that was our job. There’s no problem with that from my point of view. The blinkers are off now because I’m outside of all that. But you were decision making so I’m more than capable of handling that.
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