Former England manager gives verdict on who should get Man Utd job

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with the Manchester United job since the club parted ways with Jose Mourinho back in December. However, former Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been appointed as the interim manager until the end of the season, has done an impressive job so far.

The Norwegian has won 11 of his first 13 games in charge of the club, with his solitary loss coming against PSG in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie last week.

Solskjaer’s performance at the helm has led several former United players as well as many fans to call for him to be given the job on a full-time basis. The latest person to get on to the Solskjaer bandwagon is former England manager Steve McClaren.

McClaren, who once served as assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, has heaped praise on the former United striker for the job he has done. He insisted that the fact that Solskjaer knows the club well makes him a good fit for the role.

Speaking to Football.London, Mcclaren said, “I think everybody would say he has overachieved, I think he would admit that himself, but his gameplan from day one has been spot on.

“He’s come in and he’s so loved by everybody at that football club – staff and players – and he’s not got in the way if you know what I mean.

“He’s let the players play, given them a structure and let them go out and play. I’ve coached at Manchester United and they work it out for themselves.

“I always remember saying ‘why don’t you move to another club and play regularly’ and he said ‘Where do I go from Manchester United? The only way is down. I love what I do, I get enough games and I win trophies.’

“I think he knows what Manchester United is about – it’s about good defending, it’s about quick players, good on the break, and that’s what he’s brought back.

“I think there’s still quite a few games to go before he gets the job but he’s recovered from that PSG blip very well. He’ll have one or two other blips but it’s like with us, it’s about how you recover from adversity.”

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