Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a strong case to be handed the manager’s job at Manchester United beyond this season following the impact he has had on the team since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December.
When the Norwegian picked up the reigns at the club, United were a long way off the pace for the top four. However, his side have won 10 of their last 13 Premier League matches which has helped them climb up the table into a Champions League position.
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United are now 11/8 in the football betting to finish in the top four at the end of the campaign and if they do manage to qualify for Europe’s premier competition, that may be enough to persuade to owners of United to hand him a long-term deal.
The problem Mourinho had during his spell in charge at Old Trafford was he was unable to find the best of the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. Solskjaer has handed them all a lot of freedom and they have rewarded him with some exceptional performances in recent months.
Solskjaer, who is considered a legend by United fans from his playing days at the club, still has the opportunity to win a trophy this season. United pulled off an unlikely victory against PSG in Paris where they overcame a two-goal deficit from the first leg to qualify into the quarter-final of the Champions League.
After losing 2-0 at Old Trafford, United’s odds to qualify were huge heading into the second game but a 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes was secured courtesy of a controversial last-minute penalty from Rashford. The Premier League club advanced on the away goals rule.
Along with Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham, United are one of four English clubs in the draw for the last eight. They haven’t reached the semi-final since 2011, the year they made it through to the final and lost 3-1 to Barcelona at Wembley.
Solskjaer will also be desperate to try and win the FA Cup. The draw hasn’t been too kind to his team so far but he has been able to pick up victories against Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge respectively.
United must now face Wolves, again on the road. Victory at Molineux would see them into the semi-final which is played at Wembley. Success in the FA Cup would be celebrated by the fans as they went through a trophyless campaign last year, while United have not won the competition since 2016.
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The owners of United will consider all the options before they finalise their decision and the other candidate they may consider is Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has done a fantastic job under limited resources with the North London club and he may be interested in the job at Old Trafford if it was offered to him.
Solskjaer, though, has to be in prime position and a top-four finish with a trophy would surely guarantee that he stays at the club longer than this season.