Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take Manchester United post?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take Manchester United post?

Manchester United's decision to sack Jose Mourinho has left them with two positions to fill.

But those rumours subsided as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moved into contention to take over, with Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant Mike Phelan touted as his number two.

The majority of sources - including the Mirror, Times and Independent - are claiming Laurent Blanc, former Paris Saint Germain boss and Man United centre back, is the favourite to take over.

They could also face opposition from Real Madrid who were ready to offer the former Espanyol boss the job at the Bernabeu last summer and could do so again.

United sacked Mourinho on Tuesday morning, with Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Liverpool proving to be the final straw.

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Mourinho cleared his desk and picked up his belongings from a suite at The Lowry hotel before returning to his family home in London.

After his playing career ended, Solskjaer took his first steps into coaching when he became United's striker coach, and later took charge of United's reserve side.

The 45-year-old Norwegian, who only signed a new contract as coach of Molde earlier this month, had a hard spell at Cardiff City in 2014.

"Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 years after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou", the caption read, referencing Solskjaer's famous victor in the 1999 Champions League final.

The club, according to reports, believes Michael Carrick, Nicky Butt or Kieran McKenna, who all hold coaching positions, are not experienced enough to assume the role. Phelan was let go by David Moyes in 2013.

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