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Cantona: Solskjaer understands Manchester United’s ‘soul’ and should get managers job full time

Eric Cantona has backed his former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to become the next full-time Manchester United manager.

Solskjaer took over as caretaker boss after the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in December and has done a superb job so far, winning 11 of his 13 games in charge in all competitions.

Not only have results been excellent, but the Norweigan has also brought the feel-good factor back to Old Trafford, by playing a style of football, more in keeping with the clubs attacking traditions.

Manchester United legend Cantona believes Solskjaer should be given the job on a permanent basis as he understands the ‘soul,’ of the club – something previous bosses David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have failed to grasp.

”Yeah, I think so. I would love to,” Cantona told Paddy Power.

”I don’t know the agreement he has with the club, but for me as a fan – because now I am a United fan – it’s a great feeling to feel the soul of the club, finally. We lost that since Ferguson retired. And now, it’s a great feeling.

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”Yes, for me it’s important that the manager understands the club, who has the soul of the club. It’s why I said before about Guardiola in Barcelona, he was a player when Cruyff was the manager. He then became the manager of Barcelona with the soul of the club, and the soul of Johan Cruyff.

”For me it’s important. You can have a manager that comes from somewhere else, but they need to understand the club from outside – to have the soul of the club. They need to play creative football and enjoy football. Work hard, but enjoy it.

”If the players and the manager enjoy the game, then the fans will enjoy the game. You can win games, but not enjoy it, and I don’t think that’s for Manchester United.”

Next up for Manchester United is a mouthwatering clash with arch-rivals Liverpool tomorrow at Old Trafford.

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