Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done particularly well so far after replacing Jose Mourinho, and he has clearly said that he wants to be considered for the permanent role and guide the Reds Devils also next season.
The 45 years old moved to Manchester after he was given the permission by Molde, which is the Norwegian club that he was managing. Molde stressed that they were only ‘landing’ Solskjaer to Man Utd and that they do expect him to return at the end of this current season. Solskjaer however clearly said that he doesn’t want to leave. Not surprisingly considering the size of the job in question. But should Manchester United keep him or should they continue the search for another manager?
We have asked John Pentin, football expert working for several top websites like bestbettingsites.Online. ‘Even though many are arguing that the former Norwegian striker had a rather easy run of games, you can only beat whoever is in front of you, and he certainly couldn’t have done more. Are those wins in a row enough to grant him the permanent Manchester United job? Nope. I think there are some very tough tests to come and those will show a lot clearer about what will be the future of Solskjaer. Should he be capable of winning most of his games in charge and maybe even bring a trophy home then I believe they should keep him. The main concern I have is that even though he has been able to create a much better climate in the squad, they are still frail at the back and unless they operate well in the January transfer market, United will struggle to cope with the best teams until the end of the season.
One thing is pretty clear already at this stage: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been able to get the unconditioned support of all the most influential players at United. In doing so, he has already done better than the departed Portuguese: Marcus Rashford is scoring for fun at the moment and he is playing with freedom and encouragement that was never given to him by the former manager. His recent performances show that he is the type of player that can really overdeliver when he has the right confidence.
Precisely the same thing can be said of Paul Pogba who has been finally able to display those performances that helped France to win their World Cup last summer in Russia.
Rashford and Pogba have been very influential in helping United to win the games under Solskjaer and the fact that those two were castigated under Mourinho (at least in the last period) show how much a manager can influence results and also the negative consequences of Mourinho’s approach.
If Solskjaer has been able to win all those games and create the right atmosphere in such a short time, you would think that his magic touch can only improve as we move into the decisive part of the season.
The Reds will have several challenges from now on: the first one would be the Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain. Even though progressing in Europe it is important, Solskjaer would need to make it into the top 4 to have a chance of being promoted as a permanent manager in the summer.
To do so the Norwegian will need to continue to get the most from his players: Fred, who was acquired for £52 million in the summer, has been the shadow of the player who caused a war between United and City in the last summer. Surely he had to adapt to the Premier League but the clock is already starting to tick on him and a lot more is expected in the coming months.
Scott McTominay is another player that was expected to do particularly well and that surely deserves more consideration soon before being classed as an academy graduate failure. Since McTominay was so supported by Mourinho for decent but not exceptional performances, he has fallen victim to some United fans who have the clear tendency of criticising those academy players who are just short of those standards set by George Best himself. Phil Neville, Darren Fletcher and others are just a few examples of that.
McTominay will never be the ball-playing midfielder that Mourinho was suggesting but he has been given a false start at United. In theory, nothing will stop him under Solskjaer control to blossom into a trusted midfield who is worthy of a regular place on United’s bench.’
Undoubtedly the challenges ahead of Solskjaer are a lot greater than trips to Cardiff or facing Huddersfield especially when injuries will inevitably weaken the squad. This is when it will be make or break for the Norwegian’s emerging manager as a permanent United manager.