Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s bid to become the permanent manager of Manchester United is becoming more compelling with every game.
The 45-year-old Norwegian guided United into the fourth round of the FA Cup by winning his FIFTH successive game
since becoming interim boss after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
And while a 2-0 victory over Championship strugglers Reading on the back of Premier League wins against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle have given
Solskjaer the perfect platform to strengthen his claim, the feel-good factor at Old Trafford has now started to seep
through the corridors of power at the club.
Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino remains United’s No.1 target to take charge but there is a growing realisation that meeting Daniel Levy’s £40million compensation claim might not be enough to bring the Argentine 200 miles north to Manchester.
Solskjaer already has staunch supporters on United’s football board.
We take a look at how he is building his bid to convince the executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the American owners that his sabbatical from Molde should be made
permanent at the end of the season.
Solskjaer has become only the second United manager to win his first five games. The first was Matt Busby.
The gap to the top four has now been slashed to six points with 17 games of the season remaining and if Solskjaer can
deliver a place in the Champions League then he will have achieved more than the club expected when they asked him to heal a dressing room that had been torn apart by Mourinho’s methods.
Next up for United is a trip to face Pochettino’s Tottenham at Wembley. A victory over the man who is the club’s top
choice to take charge in the summer would crank up Solskjaer’s growing reputation at the club another notch.
The sight of the French midfielder arriving late in the six-yard box of the opposition to score goals at the Stretford End is what was envisaged when United sanctioned a world-record £89m transfer fee to bring him back to Old Trafford.
Despite the flicks, tricks and terrible dance moves, Pogba is a simple soul who just wants to be loved. Solskjaer has found a cure for the man Mourinho called “a virus” by letting him to do the things he does best.
Pogba does not possess the discipline to operate as the deep-lying playmaker who protects his defence, but he has got the vision, the technique and the physicality to influence games with a flash of genius.
3.Sir Alex Ferguson
The former United manager is once again exerting his influence in the boardroom following his health scare last May – and he is a staunch supporter of the man who once scored a goal to win him the European Cup.
Fergie was instrumental in the decision to replace Mourinho and take the extraordinary step of bringing in an interim boss, whose only previous managerial experience in the Premier League ended with Cardiff being relegated.
The 77-year-old Scot is also a huge admirer of the job that Pochettino is doing at Spurs – and wanted United to make a
move for the Argentine when David Moyes’ attempt at replacing the club’s most successful manager ended in April
2014 only for Louis van Gaal to come in.
Ferguson’s fingerprints are all over the way United have thrown off the Mourinho shackles and if a kindred spirit like
Solskjaer can continue to improve the team then the Norwegian will have a strong ally in the boardroom next May.
Paul Pogba acquires N100 million car as he welcomes new baby
Manchester United central midfielder, Paul Pogba, was seen arriving at the Carrington training ground in a brand new yellow Ferrari worth £250,000(over N100,000 million)
The footballer was said to have welcomed a new baby with his partner, Maria Salaues, according to Manchester United legend, Bryan Robson who said:
“When I saw Paul last week in Dubai with the United squad, I had a little chat and congratulated him on the birth of his baby. He just seemed so relaxed and easy with things.”
The World Cup winner is known for arriving at the training ground with different rides from his fleet of cars.
According to Manchester Evening News, a source said: “I reckon it must be a new car as I’ve never seen him in that before.
“He normally drives a black Rolls Royce.”
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Reports:PSG to hijack Barcelona deal for star midfielder
French football club paris st germain are reportedly set to hijack Barcelona deal for Ajax starlet frenkie de jong.
The Ajax midfielder was set to sign for the catalan club, but psg have now logged a late bid in the eleventh hour.
It is understood that The 21-year-old’s Dutch agent, who is due in Paris at the end of next week, has reached an agreement with the Ligue 1 champions’ board over a 5-year contract worth €8m a year.
Although Barcelona are still in the hunt for De Jong, the Catalan club’s Sporting Director Eric Abidal has a difficult relationship with key agent Ali Dursun, because of the commission that the latter is seeking in an eventual deal.
Phillipe Coutinho “one requirement” to sign for Manchester United.
Philippe Coutinho’s possible move to Manchester United is the surprise saga of this January’s transfer window.
The former Liverpool man has fallen down the picking order and he is struggling for game time at Barcelona.
Coutinho’s problems were recently compounded when Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde called on him to improve his performances.
However, Coutinho isn’t keen on leaving Barcelona just yet.
That doesn’t mean he is against the idea of joining Manchester united. But he has one condition which must be met.
Sources close to the Brazilian understand that Coutinho would want to be given time to try and make things work at Barcelona.
In other words, he wants his decision to stay at Barcelona to be respected by other clubs before he decides for certain to leave Spain.
However United will have to come up with a Huge Bid if he decides to leave in the summer.
This means that a move to United in January is simply off the cards.
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