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Paul Pogba backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the permanent Manchester United job

France international Paul Pogba believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves the permanent managerial role at Manchester United after reviving the club’s fortunes during the backend of the season. The Red Devils were lying 11 points behind the Champions League positions when Jose Mourinho was sacked from the helm in December but Ole has managed to reverse their league form to the extent that they are within the cusp of the top four.

Speaking to reporters, Pogba highlighted that everyone within Manchester United wants Ole to stay put, given the bright vein of form under his interim management. He added that he has a good relationship with the Norwegian and the same goes for other teammates within the first-team squad.

Arsene Wenger mocks Alexis Sanchez amid his Manchester United struggles

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Alexis Sanchez deserves his position on the substitutes’ bench, given he has not done enough to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer into handing him a starting role. The Chile international has struggled at the Red Devils since his move from Arsenal 13 months ago and he is currently regarded as not more than a game changer off the bench.

Speaking onBeIN Sports, Wenger indicated that the Chilean plays in the same position as Anthony Martial on the left wing and this has notably contributed to his reduced gametime, given Martial has become indispensable under the guidance of Ole, he said: “He has lost his place and plays in the same position as Martial. Today who would dispute that Martial is indispensable for Man United? He plays and that’s competition and that’s fair competition in my opinion.”

Marcus Rashford aiming for consistency after bagging Player of the Month award

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is aiming for consistency with his performances after bagging the Premier League Player of the Month award for January. The England international has witnessed a change in fortunes since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took temporary charge of the club in December and during this period, he has amassed six goals from just eight league matches.

Due to this, he managed to outclass a number of top players including Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero to the monthly gong and speaking after receiving the award, he was pleased to have helped the club in the progress. He added that consistency remains key during the forthcoming months with the Red Devils aiming to propel to the top four in the Premier League.

Danny Murphy feels Manchester United are free-flowing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

TalkSPORT pundit Danny Murphy has said that Manchester United are more free-flowing with their style of play under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils had found themselves in a heap after the embarrassing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool and this saw the board go with the decision to sack Jose Mourinho from the managerial role.

Since then, Ole has taken charge of the club on an interim basis and the move has paid dividends for the opening weeks with United going through a five-match winning run across all competitions. Speaking to TalkSPORT, Murphy indicated that Ole has brought some much-needed freshness and the added freedom offered to the players has been demonstrative of the results.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer open to permanent Manchester United job

Manchester United’s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that he would prefer a permanent deal with the Red Devils once his caretaker role concludes at the end of the campaign. The Norwegian was recruited from Molde on a short-term deal for the season after the Red Devils took the decision to axe Jose Mourinho from the head coach position.

Speaking to reporters, Solskjaer highlighted that he savours the dream of managing United for the long-term but he is nonetheless pleased to have got the opportunity to coach the club for the remainder of the ongoing campaign, he said: “I understand there are so many managers that would love to be manager of Manchester United. I am one of them, but it is not something we have talked about. I didn’t think twice when they called me to sign me as a player and this is an honour and privilege to be helping the club for a few months.”

Sky Sports pundit speaks on Marko Arnautovic’s situation amid Manchester United interest

Sky Sports pundit Carlton Cole does not feel Marko Arnautovic would actively seek a move away from West Ham United when the transfer window reopens in a couple of months’ time. The Austria international has been a favourite among the Hammers’ faithful after making genuine progress over the past 18 months but his future has been called into question after the recent comments by his representative.

Moreover, Manchester United have been fancied to acquire his signature in recent weeks but Cole does not believe the forward would pursue a winter departure from the east London outfit, he told Sky Sports: “Do you know what, he’s happy at this club. I don’t think he’s looking actively to go and leave. He’s loved here. I don’t see any reason why he should be leaving the club. Everyone knows what he’s capable of here and I think we’ll see him stay.”

David de Gea’s former coach suggests goalkeeper could leave Manchester United

David de Gea’s former goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has suggested that the Spaniard may consider a potential challenge elsewhere if Manchester Unitedfail to come close to winning the Champions League. The 28-year-old has been with the Red Devils since the summer of 2011 and during this period, he has transformed into one of the world’s most exciting shot-stoppers.

Despite this, his performances have not quite translated into success for the team as a whole and United have been far off from competing for Premier League and Champions League honours since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club five years ago. Speaking to the Goalkeepers’ Union Podcast, Steele said that De Gea remains fully committed to the Mancunian giants but there could be a time where he may seek a fresh challenge to enhance his Champions League-winning prospects.

ESPN Pundit feels Zinedine Zidane would snub Manchester United

ESPN Pundit Craig Burley believes Zinedine Zidane would snub the prospect of managing Manchester United, should the opportunity arise in the near future. The Frenchman is currently without a job after resigning from his managerial position with Real Madrid at the conclusion of the previous campaign.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Burley said that Jose Mourinho is currently having an unpleasant time managing the Red Devils and his stay may be short-lived amid the controversies with some of the club’s players. However, he does not believe Zidane would fancy succeeding the Portuguese, given the gap already created between United and the pace-setters at the top.

Gary Neville urges Manchester United to bolster the defence in January

Manchester legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville believes the Red Devils could have an outside chance of competing for the title this season, if they are stay alive in the title race until the turn of the year. Jose Mourinho’s side have made an average start to the season with just six points from their opening four matches but Neville feels they could still compete for the Premier League with a couple of defensive-minded signings in January.

In a report covered by The Times, Neville said: “[I’m] still hopeful that somehow, through siege mentality more than anything, they can mount some sort of challenge that really just disrupts people. If they can stay in it until January and maybe get one or two defenders in, they may have a chance, but I doubt it. I think United will be third or fourth. Believe it or not I liked the Tottenham game, certainly the first 40 minutes. I watched Burnley and thought it was really good. I am hopeful they have turned a corner.”