MANCHESTER UNITED’s American owners have decided Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to take the club forward and will appoint him as the next permanent manager, according to reports.
Solskjaer met with Avram Glazer on Saturday following the 3-0 win over Fulham in London and is now the top candidate for the job.
And the Sun report that both Glazers – Avram and Joel – are ready to give Solskjaer the keys to the city, but could delay an announcement until the summer.
Mauricio Pochettino was the overwhelming favourite for the job when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, but Solskjaer has led United to 10 wins in 11 games and has overtaken the Tottenham boss.
Manchester United face a huge couple of weeks with PSG in the Champions League, Chelsea in the FA Cup next Monday and Liverpool heading to Old Trafford the following Sunday.
They also face Arsenal and Manchester City in March as they battle for a place in the top four.
United were 11 points off the pace in the race for the Champions League when Solskjaer came in but are now ahead with Chelsea and Arsenal both having played the same number of games for the first time.
United are now a point above both of their rivals and, crucially, they are now ahead of Chelsea on goal difference after their 6-0 humiliation against Manchester City.
When Mourinho was sacked United’s goal difference was zero. Now it’s 17.
Solskjaer has taken the shackles off and has the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba playing some of the best football of their careers.
The fans are onside and want the 99 treble hero to be given the job despite some scepticism at the start.
And Gary Neville thinks the power of the fans will make Ed Woodward’s decision for him.
“I genuinely did think it would be a five-month interim period where he would come in and bring everybody together and get everybody happy,” he told the Gary Neville Podcast.
“The whole club loves him, he’s just a fantastic person. The players have responded to him, the fans love him to bits.
“They continued to sing his name all the way through against Fulham, it was incredible.
“The fans are almost in some ways determining the outcome for the board, because you can’t go against that support, that fan base is incredible, it’s huge and they love Solskjaer.
“What they’re seeing, they like. I still think there’s no need to announce anything today because the minute Ole gets the job, it’ll be, ‘Right who are you going to sign? Who are you going to get rid of?’
“It’s a different type of questioning. At the moment it’s still a very good atmosphere. Once the actual job does come if it were to come, the questions would start to change and become a lot more serious.
“He’s almost got a free hit at the moment because it couldn’t get any worse in terms of the mood, now it’s not just an increased level of happiness but genuinely top performances.
“If you look over the last seven or eight games, even the Burnley, coming back from 2-0 down, was something to be admired.”