Man Utd close in on managerial appointment after agreeing compensation fee

Date published: Thursday 7th February 2019 7:46

Manchester United are closing in on naming their next boss after agreeing a compensation fee, according to a report.

United’s Champions League hero from 1999 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been brought in until the end of the campaign and will be joined by first-team coach Mike Phelan, who will work alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.

And amid reports United had already set the wheels in motion to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their long-term manager at the end of the season, Molde lifted the lid back in December on the arrangement that takes Solskjaer to Old Trafford.

The club’s chief executive officer Oystein Neerland claimed that they are happy to “lend” their coach to United.

“That Manchester United ask Molde FK to lend the manager is by itself an event, and not least a statement of trust for both Ole Gunnar and Molde FK,” Neerland said.

“We are happy to lend Ole Gunnar, we wish both him and the club a success.

“This is a big opportunity for Molde FK, we think it will be developing and helping to put Molde FK further on the football card.”

A report from the Mirror provides a twist however, claiming that the Red Devils are leaning towards appointing Solskjaer permanently in the summer.

United are not convinced that they can prise Mauricio Pochettino away from Spurs, and Zinedine Zidane’s poor grasp of English could spell the end of his chances.

Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri are also mentioned, though it is believed financial agreement is already in place with Molde should they wish to keep Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Should the 45-year-old stay put beyond his ‘loan’ spell, United will pay £8million in compensation to Molde.


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