Updated: Thursday, 21st August 2014 @ 12:29pm

Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'holding talks' with Aston Villa to replace sacked boss Alex McLeish

Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'holding talks' with Aston Villa to replace sacked boss Alex McLeish

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester United hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘holding talks’ with Aston Villa about the vacant manager role following Alex McLeish’s sacking.

The 39-year-old led Norwegian side Molde to their first ever title triumph after taking charge in November 2010.

And the ‘baby faced assassin’ is now the favourite to become Villa’s new boss after their controversial decision to hire ex-Birmingham City manager McLeish proved unfruitful after only 11 months.

A statement on Molde's website read: "Molde Football Club is aware of interest and contact from Aston Villa, and is aware that Aston Villa and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are holding talks."

Solskjaer retired from playing in 2008 and spent two and half years in charge of Manchester United’s reserve team.

He then returned to his former club, which he played for between 1994 and 1996, and will be in the Champions League next season if he stays.

But American owner Randy Lerner confirmed that he is eager to see Solskjaer become Villa’s fourth manager in two years.

The striker gained legendary status at Old Trafford, where he made 366 appearances and scored 126 goals in 11 seasons, by netting an injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

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