Manchester United will not rush into naming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer permanent manager despite perfect start


The interim United boss recorded his eighth successive win with the 3-1 FA Cup defeat of Arsenal

Manchester United will be take months rather than weeks in naming the club’s next permanent manager.

Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December and has won all eight of his matches in charge, with his most victory Friday’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat of Arsenal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won all eight of his matches

The Old Trafford atmosphere appears to have been lifted considerably since the Norwegian came in, and there are many supporters and players who would be happy to see him handed the role on a full-time basis.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is believed to still be the club’s number one target to take over in the summer, and United’s wishes could be boosted as Spurs’ Carabao Cup exit to Chelsea has made another trophyless season a real possibility for Spurs.

Solskjaer, 45, spent 11 years playing for United and has been seeking the advice of his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson to help him adjust to life in the Old Trafford hot seat.

He has gone about implementing a number of traditions that were absent under Mourinho, including making players wear a club suit for away and European matches, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Marcus Rashford in a club suit before Friday night’s match

Marcus Rashford in a club suit before Friday night’s match

The United stars are still allowed to travel in their club tracksuits, but must change into their Paul Smith suits.

“At Manchester United, we took great pride in how we presented ourselves in public,” assistant manager Michael Carrick has said.

“‘When you’re travelling through an airport, people will see you,’ Sir Alex said. ‘You represent the club. You wear your blazers.’

“The Boss wanted to send a message, that we not only looked the part, but we also meant business. That look creates an aura.”

United are next in action on Tuesday when they host Burnley in the Premier League.

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