Shearer backs Solskjaer for Manchester United job despite recent losses

Alan Shearer has backed Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the permanent job, despite the club suffering back-to-back defeats this week.

Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, and has guided the club back into top four contention and into the last eight of the Champions League.

United last week suffered their first league defeat of Solskjaer’s reign at Arsenal, before exiting the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 loss at Wolves on Saturday.

Despite the defeats, former England captain Shearer has backed the Norwegian to land the job on a permanent basis.

“Had Jose Mourinho still been in charge I’m pretty sure United would have been out of the Champions League by now and wouldn’t be challenging for the top four,” Shearer wrote in the Sun.

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“I’m not saying United have to announce now that he’s officially got the job because I don’t think there’s any need to do it. The end of the season will be fine but he is absolutely the perfect fit for the role and nothing which has happened recently has dissuaded me from that view.

“The fact they have lost two in a row makes things look worse than they are.

“But United were desperately unlucky to lose to Arsenal last weekend with the keepers playing a major part. David de Gea made a bad mistake and Bernd Leno made some cracking saves.

“The wheels haven’t come off, this is just a little puncture.”

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