United stars made their way to Carrington on a rather gloomy Tuesday morning looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss to by Arsenal
Marcus Rashford & Co pulled into Manchester United’s training ground in the rain even as the players faced the prospect of being put through their paces by interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. What made the occasion a little special was the fact that, if reports are to be believed, the Norwegian is all set to be handed the job on a permanent basis after enjoying a superb tart to life as manager at Old Trafford.
The 46-year-old has had an astounding run since being named temporary manager on December 19, following the sacking of the struggling Jose Mourinho, notching 14 wins, drawing two and losing just two of his first 18 games. Solskjaer was also in-charge for one of the club’s great European comebacks against Paris Saint-Germain as United to sealed a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Initially, the plan by United’s chiefs was to take their time and come to a decision regarding Mourinho’s full-time successor at the end of the season, but the Red Devils are now reportedly ready to make the decision before their next Premier League match, as reported by the Daily Mirror on Monday.
While this means good news for Solskjaer and his support staff, the decision to make him the permanent manager could spell the end of Alexis Sanchez’s tenure at Old Trafford. As per reports, the Chilean does not feature in the club legend’s plans for next season, having struggled since making his move from Arsenal last January.
The attacker has notched just five goals in 41 appearances for the club who, according to The Sun, are willing to send him out on loan. United know they will be unable to sell a player who earns a remarkable £500,000 per week, which means there will be very few suitors who can match those wages, and are hopeful that a loan deal will be more attractive to clubs.
Sanchez missed last weekend’s the defeat by his former club through injury, and has been out of action since sustaining a serious knee injury against Southampton earlier this month. Solskjaer has been busy readying his men for their FA Cup quarterfinal clash with the high-flying Wolves at the Molineux on Saturday, with the Reds Devils’ next league game not coming until the end of the month, when they face Watford at home.
This author personally feels that it is too early to name Solksjaer as the permanent manager at United, but he seems the best option at the moment, especially as Mauricio Pochettino will be unlikely to leave his Tottenham project when it is just about to enter its new dawn at a new stadium.
And the Norwegian has certainly earned a shot at the hot seat, considering he has taken United from peering over their shoulders at the Premier League’s “rest” to fighting for a top four place in the space of two months. But it is all conjecture at this point, and it remains to be seen how the club bounces back from the defeat at the Emirates against a side as dangerous as Wolves this weekend.