The caretaker boss has started superbly and it is understood dumping PSG out in the last 16 will put him firmly in the driving seat to be there next season
Beat Paris Saint-Germain and the Manchester United job is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s.
The caretaker manager wants a full-time gig at Old Trafford and has made a fantastic start to life in the hotseat, which has pushed his name to the top of the shortlist of candidates.
Under Solskjaer, United have won eight and drawn one of his nine matches in charge and according to The Sun, his bosses will offer him the role if the club eliminate PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Quoting a source, it is revealed executive vice chairman Ed Woodward spent time at the training ground to gauge the mood of the squad and, although there is no guarantee a permanent offer will be made at the end of the season, the “consensus around the training ground is Ole will get the job though with a positive result against PSG.”
Woodward has maintained a full-time appointment will not be made until the season is over, but the director is a fan of former striker Solskjaer, who has been backed by a number of former United players such as Ryan Giggs and Teddy Sheringham, to carry on in the role next term.
Since he replaced Jose Mourinho, Anthony Martial has signed a new long term contract when it looked like he would be leaving and others are set to follow suit.
United have every chance of beating PSG considering Neymar will miss both legs through injury.
Solskjaer even said recently he is already preparing the side for next season whether he gets the job or not.
“What Manchester United are going to look like next season, with or without me, it doesn’t matter,” he told a press conference.
“I’m here to prepare for next season.”
It’s Gunnar be hard for Ole
Manchester United’s run of fixtures
Tue, Feb 12 –PSG (h) CL
Sat, Feb 16 – Chelsea (a) FA Cup
Sun, Feb 24 – Liverpool (h)
Wed, Feb 27 – Crystal Palace (a)
Sat, Mar 2 – Southampton (h)
Wed, Mar 6 – PSG (a) CL
Sun, Mar 10 – Arsenal (a)
Sat, Mar 16 – Man City (h)