Manchester United are reportedly open to sticking with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their permanent manager, but still consider Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as their top target.
Solskjaer faces the biggest test of his fledgling career as United’s caretaker boss, when he leads the Red Devils out against Spurs, and the man favourite to succeed him full-time, Pochettino.
The Norwegian has enjoyed a spectacular run of games since taking over from Jose Mourinho last month, with five wins from five games.
The Daily Mirror reports that United’s players have bonded with Solskjaer incredibly quickly in his three weeks in charge at Old Trafford, with many now wanting the club’s former striker to get the job on a permanent basis.
The report adds that whilst Pochettino remains the favoured candidate for the long-term, Solskjaer’s understanding and connection with both the club and the fans are being seriously considered.
Ahead of United’s clash with Spurs at Wembley on Sunday, Solskjaer was quick to praise his opposite number and acknowledged that the rumours linking Pochettino with the Old Trafford job was there ‘for a reason’.
He said (as quoted by the Daily Mail): “He’s done a very good job. The speculation is there for a reason because he’s done well, but it’s not my job to rate different managers. My focus is on me and my team.”
The United boss added: “Every single game you get tested, but this is against a top, top side. If we want to go closer and get past them, we need a good performance and a good result.
After the honeymoon period enjoyed by #solskjaer, the stakes will be raised much higher this weekend for @ManUtd when they travel to Wembley to play @SpursOfficial. This will be the first real test for the new set-up. Hopefully the test will be passed. #MUFC
— Aodan Wrenn (@aodanwrenn) January 11, 2019
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