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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates victory over Tottenham. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates victory over Tottenham. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates victory over Tottenham. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put a smile back on his face after emerging from "the shadows" under Jose Mourinho to spearhead Manchester United's resurgence.

Pogba's praise for Solskjaer was echoed by team-mates Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera in the wake of Sunday's 1-0 win over Tottenham at Wembley and there is growing momentum within the Old Trafford dressing-room for the interim manager to be handed the job on a permanent basis.

United are determined to conduct a thorough recruitment process as they seek their fourth permanent manager in six years since Alex Ferguson's retirement, with Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino the club's first choice.

Yet Solskjaer hopes to win over the United board between now and the end of the season and, after recording six successive wins, the Norwegian is garnering significant support among the squad.

Pogba, who suffered a toxic relationship with previous manager Jose Mourinho, has been one of the biggest beneficiaries.

The France midfielder has been reinvigorated by Solskjaer, scoring four goals and claiming four assists, including the sumptuous pass from which Marcus Rashford scored the goal that sunk Spurs.

"Of course (I'm happier)," Pogba said.

"I'm doing what I love so it's normal. And we're winning so indeed I am always smiling.

"It's a pleasure to be reunited with (Solskjaer) again. I knew him from the academy and the reserves, when we called him 'Super Sub'.

"He's been a player, he knows the mentality of this club. He has come back to help us and boost us and he's doing a great job, although the season's still long and it's not over. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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