Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made such an impression at Manchester United that members of the first-team squad want him to be named the club’s permanent manager, according to reports.
The Norwegian has overseen five wins from five since being named Jose Mourinho’s temporary successor on December 19, with the Reds netting 16 goals during his tenure to date.
Paul Pogba was a shadow of the player who drove France to World Cup success in the summer under Mourinho but Solskjaer has reinvigorated the 25-year-old. Marcus Rashford has enjoyed an upturn in form, scoring three times under Solskjaer, to assert himself as the Reds’ first-choice centre-forward.
The Mirror report that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino heads United’s list of targets for the position of permanent manager but the players would be happy to see Solskjaer become the fourth manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
It is reported that Solskjaer’s positive man-management style has left its mark on United’s players, with his approach recognised as a sharp contrast from the bristling relationship Mourinho shared with his squad.
Meanwhile, Italian outlet tuttomercatoweb.com report that United have offered Atlético Madrid defender Diego Godin a contract with €4.8 million for two seasons in an attempt to lure him to Old Trafford.
Mourinho was left frustrated by the club’s decision to veto a move for a centre-back in the summer, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld deemed to not represent value for the £50 million fee quoted by Spurs at the age of 29.
Inter Mlian are also reported to be in the running for the Uruguay international.