Next Manchester United manager: William Hill pay out on Solskjaer

Next Manchester United manager: William Hill pay out on Solskjaer

William Hill settle bets on Solskjaer to be next Manchester United manager

Life back at Manchester United could not have gone any better for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Since becoming caretaker manager, replacing Jose Mourinho late in 2018, the Norwegian has guided the Red Devils to 10 wins and two draws in 12 Premier League matches and into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The latest in a long line of victories came in the Champions League at the Parc des Princes as they beat PSG 3-1. The French champions had beaten United 2-0 at Old Trafford in the first leg, which led to many writing off their chances of coming back and progressing to the quarter-finals.

Things looked even bleaker given the squad available to Solskjaer for that game. With Paul Pogba suspended and several first team players including Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard all out injured, they were forced to play fringe players whilst also having four youth players on the bench.

But Solskjaer, who of course famously scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final, somehow managed to guide his team to a 3-1 win and thus overturning a 2-0 first leg deficit to progress on away goals. It was the first time in the competitions history that a team has come back from 2-0 or greater behind following the home leg to win a knockout tie.

As a result of United’s recent success, culminating in their win in the French capital, all of the bookmakers have now made Solskjaer the odds-on favourite to get the job on a permanent basis. Indeed Sky Bet are now offering odds of 1/12 for the 46-year-old to be named full-time manager.

However, one bookmaker has gone a step further than slashing the odds. William Hill have announced today that they are settling all bets placed on Solskjaer to be the next Manchester United manager as winners.

What about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Molde contract?

As mentioned when Solskjaer first joined Manchester United it was on a temporary basis, and he was scheduled to go back to Molde who he was contracted to at the end of the season.

However, the Norwegian club have dropped a big hint that this will no longer be the case and that the 46-year-old will be staying at Old Trafford. Just prior to joining United he had signed a new three year contract with Molde, but they have now deleted the announcement of that from their official website.

That comes after Solskjaer himself said that he believed his contract with the club had expired. Speaking to the Fotbalklubben podcast, he said: “I’m not sure how this works. I think the contract has expired and that now I only have contract with Manchester United.”

All the signs therefore appear to be pointing towards the former striker getting the United job full-time. The only reason to question this is the fact that Molde’s chief executive Oystein Neerland said that he believed Solskjaer still planned to return to Molde at the end of the season. But that now seems extremely unlikely, which is why William Hill have paid out on bets backing him to take the job permanently.

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