Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now favourite to be next Manchester United manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now favourite to be next Manchester United manager

Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur yesterday has seen their interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the new favourite to get the job on a full time basis.

Since Jose Mourinho was sacked weeks ago, the favourite with all the bookmakers to take the job ahead of the 2019/20 season has been Mauricio Pochettino. However, Solskjaer’s start to life in the dugout at Old Trafford, which has seen him win all six of his matches in charge, has seen bookmakers cut his odds so that he is now favourite to be the manager when United kick off next season.

The Norwegian is odds on with both Paddy Power and Betfair at 5/6 to be in the dugout at Old Trafford come August, whilst William Hill are offering the best price at 7/4. As for Pochettino he is now 5/2 with most bookmakers, whilst Gareth Southgate (6/1) and Zinedine Zidane (9/1) make up the top four candidates according to the betting.

Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with Manchester United since Jose Mourinho’s departure.

Solskjaer has now overseen victories over Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, AFC Bournemouth, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League as well as a 2-0 FA Cup success over Reading.

But it is not just the results which is impressing those at Old Trafford. His team is also playing an attractive style of attacking football and he is getting the best out of some of their key players. The likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were all struggling under Mourinho, but have flourished so far under their new manager. Pogba has contributed four goals and four assists in the five games played under Solskjaer, whilst Rashford has four goals and two assists in the same period – a much better record than the three goals he managed in 14 appearances under the previous manager.

It seems that the 45-year-old has instilled confidence in his players and is allowing them to express themselves which has so far delivered results. If they can maintain their performances, finish in the top four and perhaps win the FA Cup, then it would make it hard for Ed Woodward to offer the job to anyone other than Solskjaer.

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