Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has made a sensational claim that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already been given the manager’s job permanently.
Manchester United have already handed the permanent managerial job to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, former Red Devils superstar Teddy Sheringham has claimed, while speaking on BBC5 Live, as quoted by Daily Mirror.
Solskjaer was brought in as a replacement for Jose Mourinho on an interim basis in December last year. Since being appointed, the Norwegian has overseen a huge turnaround of form at Manchester United, after their season had looked to be headed nowhere under Mourinho.
Manchester United, having been 11 points off the top four, when Solskjaer took over, are now just two points off of fourth-placed Arsenal. The Red Devils beat Arsenal and Chelsea to make it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, although the cup run ended in disappointment as they were beaten 2-0 by Wolves last weekend.
But, by far the most notable achievement under Solskjaer has been the amazing comeback that Manchester United pulled off in the UEFA Champions League. Having been beaten 2-0 in the Round of 16 first leg at Old Trafford by PSG, the Red Devils produced an epic comeback, beating the French champions 3-1 in the second leg to qualify for the quarter-finals on the away goal rule.
While back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Wolves seem to have halted the momentum somewhat, there is no questioning that Solskjaer has had a hugely positive impact at Manchester United. The players seem revived and confident and the style of football has also drawn a lot of praise, while he has also pushed youngsters into the first-team.
All of this have made him the prime candidate to be named the permanent manager of Manchester United, with reports claiming that the 20-time English champions were already negotiating a pay-off package with his former employers Molde.
And now Sheringham seems to have stoked the fire further, by claiming that the club have already made the decision to name his former teammate Solskjaer as the manager. Speaking on BBC5 Live the former England striker said (h/t Mirror), “I’ve heard they’ve given it to him already.
“Last two games [there has been] a bit of a blip but I think he’s been a breath of fresh air to be honest. He’s come in and he’s brought in all the old traditions of what Sir Alex used to portray to us: what it’s like to play for Manchester United, the privilege of the players and all the players that have played before us, you know, a real honour to wear the shirt.”
“I think that’s been instilled in the players again. They’ve got a life about them. A desire to work hard for the shirt and really put in a shift.”
Despite the recent defeats to Arsenal and Wolves, there is no questioning the difference that Solskjaer’s appointment has made at Manchester United. And it wouldn’t come as a major surprise if the Red Devils go on to name the Norwegian their permanent manager. But, it’s not done until it’s done.