MANCHESTER UNITED would be “foolish” to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager right now.
That is the view of journalist Gabriele Marcotti, who says that club bosses should stick to their original plan and see what is available.
Manchester United are making huge progress under Solskjaer, who was initially drafted in as an interim appointment when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December.
Since then he has realigned United’s season by thrusting them back into contention for a Champions League place and by steering them past Paris Saint-Germain this week in one of the club’s most memorable recent Champions League away days.
United have won all but three games since the Norwegian took over and would move level on points with Tottenham should they beat Arsenal on Sunday.
And he has made sure that he will be favourite when the time comes for United’s executive vice-chair Ed Woodward to make a decision on Mourinho’s permanent successor.
But Marcotti thinks that there is no reason to move away from the original plan of testing the water to see what is available.
“You would be an absolute fool to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now,” he told ESPN FC.
“You stick to your original plan and you go out there and see who is realistically available and how much it will cost you and then make a decision at the end of May.
“You would be an absolute fool to appoint Solskjaer now”
“Then if it is still Solskjaer then that is fine but it is completely demented to go and make a commitment right now I think.”
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was considered the early favourite to land the job soon after Solskjaer was appointed.
An ESPN FC poll asked fans which one they would prefer as long term successor and an astonishing 91 per cent stumped for Solskjaer.
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley says the results show the emotion of fans at the moment but that Pochettino would surely be a better option.
“I am amazed by that poll and I think that is the fans getting swept away with the emotion of it all,” he added.
“It has been an amazing story and it is a bubble at the moment at Manchester United and we take nothing away from what they have done.
“However, if you were saying to me what is wishing their best interest long-term between the two then there is no comparison, Mauricio Pochettino is by far the better and more proven manager.
“What I think we all agree is what he has done with Tottenham has been amazing so I think he would be my long-term view.
“However, I do think that emotion will take over and the club will appoint Solskjaer.”