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Neville: It’s too early for Manchester United to appoint Solskjaer

Gary Neville has said that Manchester United should not rush into appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their next permanent manager.

Solskjaer took over a beleaguered Manchester United side back in December after Jose Mourinho had steered the club to their worst ever start to a Premier League season. However, the Norwegian has embarked on a remarkable turnaround, winning 10 of the 11 games he has taken charge of, propelling United into the top four.

While Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was the initial favourite to replace Mourinho at Manchester United, Solskjaer’s impressive start in the Old Trafford hot seat has now seen him become the first choice with a number of bookmakers.

However, United legend Gary Neville thinks that his former club should bide their time until the end of the season before making their appointment, although has warned that not appointing Solskjaer would be a risk.

“I think it’s too early to give him the job now,” Neville told Sky Sports. “I think coming out of March is the right time to appraise it, then look at April with six weeks to go, make a decision considered over a three or four-month period, how the club are feeling, how the players are feeling, and what the results are.

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“That’s not because they have seven or eight tough games, I just think it’s sensible to reflect over a three or four-month period, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is putting himself in with a major shout of getting the job.

“If Manchester United continue in this way until the end of the season and get into the top four then the risk with not giving Solskjaer the job would be huge.

“If you get to October and they have spent £30m or £40m to get a new coaching set-up into the club and they are fifth, all hell will break loose. People will say: why did you not give Ole the job when he was doing it well?

“I still think you don’t need to announce it today because as soon as you do it’s ‘who are you going to sign and who are you going to get rid of’. At the moment it’s still a very good atmosphere, but once the job comes then the questions would start to change.

“He almost had a bit of a free hit when he first came in, but he hasn’t just increased happiness, he has brought about top performances.”

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