Ole, ole, ole, ole! Former Manchester United hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed Cardiff City manager

By Tom Pilcher

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed Cardiff City boss to become the latest former Manchester United player to manage in the Premier League.

The 40-year-old Norwegian, who scored the last-gasp winner in the 1999 Champions League final to break Bayern Munich hearts, was given the job by Cardiff’s Malaysian owner Vincent Tan after the sacking of Malky Mackay last week.

The Scot took over in 2011 and guided the team back to the top flight following a 51-year absence.

Solskjaer sat alongside Tan at the Emirates yesterday where Cardiff were labelled one of the ‘fittest teams in the Premier League’ by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who rated the Welsh club’s survival prospects high after his side’s hard-fought 2-0 win.

Cardiff are currently 17th, one point above Crystal Palace and four points ahead of bottom side Sunderland.

Solskjaer, nicknamed the ‘baby-faced assassin’, retired in 2007 and went straight into management, first with United’s reserve side before returning to his native Norway in 2011 where he has since helped Molde win two league titles and one cup.

Former United players, who featured during the 26-year reign of Sir Alex Ferguson from 1986, to manage in the top flight include Steve Bruce, Roy Keane, Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes and Paul Ince.

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