Read the Manchester United players’ ‘condolences’ to new manager Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was met with a slew of praise when his unexpected appointment as Manchester United manager came to light on Monday, but the speculation soon turned to opinion and, in particular, the reaction of the players.

Solskjaer, who had been an assistant at the club since 2013, will replace under-fire Jose Mourinho on a temporary basis and lead the club’s match against Newcastle on Wednesday after a disappointing run of form under the Portuguese.

Mourinho’s task at United became even more difficult when he was replaced on Monday, with the 51-year-old’s future and wage demands in limbo.

Under Solskjaer’s captaincy, United finished third in the Premier League last season before a 1-0 loss to Ajax in the Europa League final. Solskjaer then led Molde to a dramatic Champions League final win over Benfica and had been linked with being appointed full-time manager at Old Trafford, but he has now been tasked with getting the club back to the top of the English top flight — and had the full support of the team on social media.

Following the news of Solskjaer’s appointment, manager Jose Mourinho — who is also in the last year of his current deal — decided to take to social media himself to thank the club and says the 61-year-old “deserves the chance.”

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