Manchester United appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis

Solskjaer has revealed he and his family plan to live in the house he bought in Cheshire 12 years ago after signing a three-year contract as United boss.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the view within the club is that there is little comparison and that Solskjaer's appointment has been made while the team "are favourites to finish fifth" - underlining the stance that the decision has been made by assessing the bigger picture and not just results on the pitch.

According to Sky Sports, United will make the payment in two parts, with the first £500,000 already paid.

United have won 14 of 19 games, scoring 40 goals and, perhaps crucially, rediscovering some of that "regal swagger" the club became synonymous with under Sir Alex Ferguson. When Solskjaer first took over from Mourinho, United went on a fine scoring run which saw them score two or more in five successive games for the first time since April 2008.

"I'm the same. I can't be complacent and rest, now I've got the job".

Those reinforcements, specifically along back line, did not come, leading to speculation over transfer disagreements between Mourinho and the Man United board.

The talk of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and their need for a Director of Sport has gone quiet over the last few months, but Manchester United are now in the ideal position to set up a world class structure to support their new full-time manager.

Solskjaer, 46, had been in the role on a caretaker basis since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, but has since lifted the Old Trafford gloom with an injection of much-needed positivity into the club as well as impressive results to match.

"Now we've given ourselves a great chance to be in the top four, even the top three", said Solskjaer yesterday.

Pleased by the way the Norwegian has connected to the club's culture, as well as his results, man management and approachable style, Solskjaer has helped transform the club in a short period.

We can't wait for too many years, but we have to take it step by step.

"From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club", said Solskjær. "It can't happen overnight, catching 15, 16 or 17 points".

Solskjaer, who intends to keep together the same backroom team including assistant Mike Phelan, can finally begin planning for the future and will likely want funds to strengthen the playing squad particularly in defence. The buzz phrase within the club was of the need for a "cultural reset" - bringing positivity back to Old Trafford, making players, fans and staff happy again and overseeing a return to United-style attacking football. That's not me. We're looking forward, we've got to work harder.


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