Paper Talk: Solskjaer gets conditional Man Utd job promise; West Ham miss

Date published: Saturday 2nd February 2019 9:34

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told the Man Utd job is his – on one condition, while details of a January transfer miss at West Ham have been revealed – all in Saturday’s papers.



Manchester United are reported to have informed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the full-time job is his – if he manages to beat PSG in the Champions League.

United face the big-spending Ligue 1 giants in a two-legged affair – the first leg of which is on February 12 – and hopes of an upset have already been lifted by the news that star man Neymar will miss both games.

Six weeks ago when the draw was made, United were given little hope of beating PSG, but that looks a more realistic proposition after interim boss Solskjaer guided the club to eight wins and a draw in his nine matches in charge.

And with hopes very much alive that United can finish in the top four again, The Sun claims Ed Woodward and the board are willing to tell the Norwegian that the job is his for the long term if PSG are beaten and United reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

And the majority of the Red Devils squad and members of the backroom staff believe Solskjaer will land the job on a full-time basis if they get past PSG in February.

An Old Trafford source is quoted as telling The Sun: “Woodward spent around half an hour with Ole at Carrington in the middle of last week.

“He was passing on his thanks from the board and seeing if he needed anything.

“There was a little appraisal of the squad and mood.

“There was no assurances of a permanent offer as of yet.

“Woodward is fully in Ole’s corner but the Glazers have the final say.

“He pushed for Jose, so has some making up to do. The consensus around the training ground is Ole will get the job though with a positive result against PSG.”

Such has been the transformation at United that one of the unhappiest players under Jose Mourinho, winger Anthony Martial, has now signed a new deal.


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