Manchester United has seen its hero’s arc completed under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Last week’s PSG heroics are still fresh in the minds of many, so much so that the weekend’s loss to Arsenal, despite the testing nature of the Premier League table at the moment, hasn’t broken the resolve of the Mancunian faithful one bit.
Time after time, as Solskjaer’s lads engineered another unthinkable comeback, the question that sat in the minds of pundits and supporters alike was why the Norwegian wasn’t announced as the full-time gaffer in the aftermath of those victories.
Now, some concrete steps may be taken regarding the same.
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As per the Mirror, the club is all set to announce Solskjaer as their permanent gaffer during the upcoming international break. This would mean that the FA Cup encounter against Wolves could be the last one that the club striker would oversee in an ‘interim’ role.
The report adds that the club wishes to take this choice keeping in mind preparations and decisions that have to be made for the next season and the upcoming transfer window.
Further, it is believed that Ed Woodward and company will pay around £8 million to Molde as compensation, with the Norwegian club having already terminated the gaffer’s contract.
Needless to say, such a choice is a testament to the sheer difference that the manager has made to the club’s fortunes. United are now in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the FA Cup, and are quite close to clinching the top-four finish for the UCL berth next season.
The statistic that best encompasses just how good the Red Devils have been under him is that if the Premier League had commenced at the time of Solskjaer’s signing, the weekend prior to the Arsenal game would have seen the club top the league with a five-point lead.