Decision Has Been Made
Manchester United will appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their next permanent manager – but an official announcement won’t be made until the end of the season.
Solskjaer is currently interim manager, but his agent Jim Solbakken met with co-chairman Avram Grant and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward following United’s 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Solbakken had spent the game sitting with the United directors.
According to The Sun, United are sticking to their intention of making any announcement over their appointment at the end of the campaign but it claims the club’s board have already made up their mind that the Norwegian is the right man for the job.
United have won ten out of 11 games since Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho in the week before Christmas. Saturday’s win, coupled with yesterday’s 6-0 defeat for Chelsea at Manchester City, means United are back in a top four spot. They were 11 points off a Champions League place when Mourinho was sacked.
Speculation over a move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Maurizio Pochettino is likely to come to nothing. United would face Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and the prospects of getting a deal done in the early stages of the summer were slim.
Zinedine Zidane has also been linked.
Fred Still Has A Part To Play
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Brazilian winger Fred that he still has a contribution to make to his Manchester United side over the rest of the season.
The summer signing from Shakhtar Donetsk was omitted from the squad that travelled to London for Saturday’s game with Fulham.
Fred hasn’t played in the Premier League since Solskjaer’s first match in charge, against Cardiff City on 22 December. His last appearance for the side was in the FA Cup 3rd Round win over Reading at the beginning of last month and he has been omitted from three of the side’s last seven squads.
But Solskjaer insists that Fred still has a part to play.
“Fred is exactly like everyone else,” he said. “You know he’s going to be able to contribute and he will contribute, don’t worry about that.”
Solskjaer admitted last month that the circumstances surrounding Fred’s last appearance – as well as that of Andreas Pereira – were difficult after they came in to a side where there were nine changes. However, he added that the next appearance might be easier.
“Then we’ll see what they’re capable of.”