Tuesday 12 November 2019

Man United legend says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is closing in on permanent appointment

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Martin Rickett/PA)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskajer may be just a handful of wins away from securing the Manchester United manager's job on a full-time basis, according to club legend Andy Cole.

Interim boss Solskajer has won all eight of his matches since he replaced Jose Mourinho as United manager last month, fuelling speculation he will soon be offered the role permanently.

A hugely impressive 3-1 win at Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night was hailed by Solskjaer as his side's best display since he return to Old Trafford and his former United team-mate Cole believes the club may not need to look for alternative managerial options next summer.

"How do you keep your job? You have to win matches. If he continues to do that then nobody can turn around and say you shouldn't get the job because he hasn't done X, Y and Z," Cole told Sky Sports.

"If this continues and Manchester United beat PSG (in the Champions League) and win midweek against Burnley, then I don't think you can look any further. He is gaining experience and winning matches and that is what everyone is asking him to do.

"I look at Ole and I see that he is a student of the game. He was prepared to take in a lot of information and break it down and do what he thought was right with it.

"He is always speaking about Sir Alex (Ferguson) and what he takes from him and what he is trying to do with the players.

"That's what the manager used to do with us. He was always talking to us to get the best from us. You can see Ole does that because after every game he is on the pitch with the players. A lot of the modern-day managers are doing that.

"Everyone wants to get the best from the players so you have to put your arm around them and show them that they are important to you."

Solskajer is now the firm bookies favourite to take over as United boss, with the club expected to appoint a Director of Football before a final decision is made on the head coach role.

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