Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes there would be “mutiny” on the terraces if the club’s board don’t hand the reins to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a fulltime basis.
Despite drawing 0-0 against Liverpool yesterday afternoon, Old Trafford was in full voice, backing a team that fought resolutely despite being ravaged by injuries.
Neville thinks that Solskjaer now has to be appointed for the long term:
“I don’t think you can give it to someone else, otherwise there would be mutiny. The fans were singing for him. I think it’s very close now – I can’t see the club going away from it.”
“We learnt a lot about the mood of the club in that second half. Three months ago they were singing ‘attack, attack, attack’ and today they were singing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s name for all of the second half.”
“The mood has completely transformed – the atmosphere was one of the best I’ve seen at Old Trafford for years and it was 0-0! If Manchester United had scored it would have been incredible.”
At the bookmakers, the Norwegian is now the heavy favourite to start next season as United’s manager. His record since taking charge has been quite remarkable.
In his 14 games in the hot seat, he has won 11, drawn two and lost one. That is a win percentage of 76%.
The United hierarchy may be being patient and waiting to see how things go for the rest of the season, but it’s clear who the United supporters would like to see in charge.
With plans needing to be put in place for next season as well, most would like to see Solskjaer’s permanent appointment come sooner rather than later.