Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the strongest contender for the Old Trafford job – but claims big games will be key.
Schmeichel was team-mates with Solskjaer during their playing days, and the Norwegian has worked wonders at the club since replacing Jose Mourinho in December – guiding the Red Devils to 10 wins from his first 11 matches as caretaker chief.
As a result the Dane thinks the former Red Devils frontman is the leading candidate to be given the job full-time, when Ed Woodward decides at the end of the campaign.
Schmeichel though thinks the next five matches – including a two-legged Champions League tie with PSG and games against Liverpool and Chelsea – will be massive.
The former United stopper told beIN SPORTS: “He’s doing exceptionally well. He’s adjusted the parameters that had to be adjusted.
“He’s lightened up the mood, he’s made them play aggressive football, but he’s a temporary manager. So he’s really got nothing to lose in that respect.
“Now of course he’s had a taste for it, he wants the job.
“This is a big test for him. You’ve got Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, PSG home and away in the next five games.
“How is he doing there? He’s the closest contender. If he does well in those, and he’s said this week he’s presented Ed Woodward with his vision, if that is good enough, then yeah.”
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