7am Man Utd news: Pogba set to return, Solskjaer promises hair dryer and fans reinstate banner

IT IS a big day for Manchester United and their prodigal son, Ole Gunner Solskjaer, as he takes charge for the first time since taking over as interim manager.

Read all this plus more of the latest news, views and gossip from Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of Manchester United for the first time today
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of Manchester United for the first time today
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HEIR DRYER

NICE GUY Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give ­Manchester United stars a blast of the hairdryer.

Legendary Old Trafford chief Alex Ferguson used to hand Solskjaer and his team-mates verbal roastings so hot they were nicknamed the hairdryer.

BOARD GAMES

JOSE MOURINHO played a dangerous game against Manchester United’s board and came out on the losing side.

Karren Brady reckons The Special One was the one to blame for this season’s struggles, not the Glazers, Ed Woodward, Paul Pogba, the squad, the fans or the structure.

POGGY IN THE MIDDLE

PAUL POGBA is expected to get a recall for Manchester United today.

The Frenchman has not been in the starting XI for three Premier League games after falling foul of former boss Jose Mourinho.

RETURN OF THE JEDI

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is A New Hope for Man Utd now Darth Vader Jose is gone.

The Norwegian will channel his inner Luke Skywalker to rescue the club and end Mourinho’s Empire once and for all.

TRADITIONS WILL BE BACK

THERE should be no doubts over the decision to bring back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Danny Higginbotham.

In terms of steadying the ship and getting the foundations at the club right in time for a more long-term decision, it’s the correct appointment.

22 YEARS ON

MANCHESTER UNITED signed five players in 1996 – but where are they now?

Ronny Johnsen, Jordi Cruyff, Karel Poborsky, Raimond van der Gouw and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all came in under Sir Alex Ferguson’s watch in the summer of 96.

BACK WITH A BANNER

MANCHESTER UNITED fans have put an Ole Gunner Solskjaer banner back up at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian has been confirmed as United’s interim boss until the end of the season.

MOUR TO MAUR

PAUL SCHOLES has revealed he wants Mauricio Pochettino to become the next permanent manager at Manchester United.

The United legend claims the job is his if he wants it – but will need at least two centre-backs, a midfielder and centre-forward.

NOU ADVENTURE

PEP GUARDIOLA believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be helped by his Manchester United past.

The Man City boss, who was player at Barcelona before managing them to incredible success, believes being involved in the club’s history will help him during his spell as caretaker manager.

GUNNAR GO FOR IT

MAN UNITED’S new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to impress over the next six months to take job on a permanent basis.

The Norwegian was installed until the end of the season following Jose Mourinho’s sacking – with the board looking to announce his permanent replacement in the summer.

LUK OUT

ROMELU LUKAKU is expected to miss the rest of the month for Man United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the Belgian is absent on compassionate leave.

The new manager also revealed that he is yet to see Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean away from the Red Devils camp this week.

ALEXIS WON BET ON JOSE AXE

ALEXIS SANCHEZ sent a WhatsApp message to team-mates suggesting he had won a bet on Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

The £505,000-a-week flop messaged the Manchester United players’ group revelling in Mourinho’s demise and claiming he was now owed £20,000 from Marcus Rojo.

OLE WARNS STARS TO KEEP QUIET OUTSIDE CAMP

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER had told his new Manchester United team: We do it the Fergie way.

And in a warning shot to Paul Pogba and the rest of United’s stars the former striker has demanded EVERYTHING stays in house for the rest of the season.

JOSE PARKED THE BUS BUT COACHES MUST GO

MANCHESTER UNITED are clearing out Jose Mourinho’s staff, but are keeping goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez.

Most of Mourinho’s coaching staff have been cleared out to make way for a new cohort, but Alvarez was kept at Old Trafford thanks to his relationship with shot-stopper David De Gea.

LIFE AND SOL OF XMAS PARTY

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER did not just turn up for the Manchester United staff Christmas party tonight – he made a rousing speech and was given a standing ovation.

It was the perfect way to end what was a long first day in his new interim role after arriving at Carrington before 8am on Thursday morning.

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