Report: Man United set to name Solskjaer as permanent manager

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United at Parc des Princes on March 06, 2019 in Paris, . (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Manchester United will reportedly announce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as the permanent manager during the international break later this month.

Since replacing Jose Mourinho on an interim basis in December, Solskjaer has enjoyed a record-breaking start at Old Trafford by winning 14 of his opening 18 games in charge and losing just two.

The 46-year-old has proven to be a welcome breath of fresh air for the United squad, who have responded positively to Solskjaer’s methods compared to what they originally had with Mourinho.

The Portuguese coach was frequently criticised for employing a more negative style of football that emphasised more on defensive play rather than going on an all-out assault for a goal.

In comparison, Solskjaer has brought back a more offensive style of play to United with the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford notably taking on starring roles after previously struggling under Mourinho.

This has led former United team-mate Gary Neville to back Solskjaer for the permanent manager’s job over the weekend, despite suffering his first Premier League defeat to top-four rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

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And now the Daily Mirror reports that the United board have all agreed that Solskjaer is the “only contender” for the permanent manager’s job, despite having been strongly linked to Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine coach has been in charge of Spurs for nearly five years and his exploits in north London haven’t gone unnoticed upon converting the club into regular top-four finishers in the Premier League amid limited resources.

But the United board are confident that Solskjaer is the right man for the job and allegedly plan to make an announcement during the upcoming international break, which takes place towards the end of March.

The former striker has even been involved in transfer talks with United chief executive Ed Woodward for next season.

Despite Solskjaer confirming that his contract at Molde FK was terminated prior to signing for United, it’s understood that the Red Devils will pay the Norwegian side €10m in compensation.

Next up for United will be a trip to Molineux to take on Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals this Saturday before they head into the international break.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: a fan is seen with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United’s name on the back of their shirt prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton FC at Old Trafford on March 02, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)