GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach of Molde looks on prior to kickoff during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and Molde FK at Celtic Park on November 5, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 5 Things to Know About the New Manchester United Interim Manager

A day after Jose Mourinho's ousting from Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named as Manchester United's successor. 


The 'baby-faced assassin' beat out a number of significant others for the caretaker role at Carrington, and will lead his former side out for the first time against Cardiff City this Saturday.


So, here are some timely nuggets about the Norwegian and what fans can expect now that he's head honcho of the Red Devils. 

5. Coaching Record

Until now, the Kristiansund-born tactician has had three managerial roles in football. These include the Manchester United U23s, Molde FK (twice) and Cardiff City. 


He enjoyed a fruitful spell with the United reserves, attaining 2.12 points per game from 25 official clashes. His ensuing two years at Molde were equally impressive, as he won consecutive Norwegian league titles, accruing 1.85 ppg in 123 games. 


The 30-game spell that followed at Cardiff City, however, was not so glory-filled. In nine months that spanned both the Premier League and in the Championship following relegation, Solskjaer managed just nine wins, 16 losses and five draws. That's 1.05 ppg, if you're keeping track. 


His subsequent return to Molde signalled a return in itself to success, with 1.84 ppg over 118 fixtures, though no trophies were added. 

4. Coaching Style

The 45-year-old has moulded an attacking, industrious style in his time at Molde. 


Largely favouring a 4-3-3 formation, he has earned comparisons to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side in the way that his team have played with pace and flair, and affected an effective counter-press. 


Despite his transfer failings in Wales, the former forward has an excellent record of bringing exciting youth players through in Scandinavia, some of which have now been snapped up for big money. This intense style that possesses clear intent and a desire to entertain as much as succeed will surely be welcomed with open arms at Old Trafford. 

3. Stance on Paul Pogba

As you may or may not know, the Norwegian is a big fan of the French World Cup Winner. He proved this as recently as August, as quoted by Sky Sports


When asked whether he would make Paul Pogba the fulcrum of the side, Solskjaer replied: "I would, absolutely no doubt. Paul is a fantastic kid so hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him."


Whatever your view on the ethereal midfielder, and his role in Mourinho's demise, he's undoubtedly a key figure at the club, and his potential long-awaited-liberation could be the biggest factor in the success of the Interim's reign.

2. He's a Virtual Football Manager in the Realest Sense

When I say 'realest' there, it has two meanings. You see, he is a football manager by trade - that's his job - but he's also a Football Manager (the game!) addict. So, you could also say 'he's a Football Manager in the virtual-est sense', if you really wanted to. Best not, though.


In any case, that's right, the striker owes much of his managerial career to that most addictive of computer games. To be fair, just look into those wired eyes and tell me he's not been up all night taking Sunderland, or some other underacheiver, back to the big time. 


His allegiance to the game became evident when he swiftly signed 18 players upon his arrival in the Welsh capital, because there's nothing like wholesale changes to kickstart your career.


On that occasion, it failed miserably - with almost all of them now moved on. Whatever, it happens. Just restart the save and try, try, try again. Or knock it on the head and head straight to Manchester United for a seminal return. 

1. Who's In & Who's Out?

Mourinho's exit prompts a sea change for too many things to name at United, but perhaps the most tangible to examine is the starting lineup. 


Naturally, the Portuguese's corruptively defensive leanings gave the starting lineup a lopsided a feel, prioritising certain types of players over others. Essentially, RIP Scott McTominay, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini. 


Of course, at least one of those pragmatic players will be required, but if Solskjaer is to deploy his favoured 4-3-3, it should land Anthony Martial a more prominent role, as well as portend to the possibility of an Alexis Sanchez resurgence once he's fully fit. Though Marcus Rashford may have something to say about that. 


Summer signing Fred could also make a return, with fellow recruit Diogo Dalot hoping for similar treatment. Pogba will almost certainly be back in the fold, and will likely be given license to roam for the first time in a red shirt. Exciting times!