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Solskjaer backs ‘fantastic manager’ Mourinho to make managerial return

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Jose Mourinho to return to football management following his sacking by Manchester United last month.

Mourinho steered Manchester United to their worst start in Premier League history, leaving the club 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool and 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

The Portuguese was replaced by United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who despite his limited managerial experience in the Premier League, has steered the Red Devils on a fine run of form, winning all six of his games in charge, scoring 17 goals and conceding just three in the process.

Mourinho’s failure to win a title at Old Trafford, combined with the pragmatic football that his side produced, have led some pundits to question whether the 55-year-old’s time at the upper echelons of football management has come to an end.

However, the man who succeeded him in the Man Utd dugout has described Mourinho as a ‘fantastic manager’ and thinks he will be back in work soon.

“Yeah, why shouldn’t he because he’s a fantastic manager and with the results he’s had I don’t think he’ll be struggling for work,” Solskjaer told the media ahead of Saturday’s game against Brighton.

While Mourinho has said he intends to return to a top job, he has also bemoaned the influence of player power, with the likes of Paul Pogba looking to have downed tools under the Portuguese.

However, when asked about Jose’s comments, Solksjaer simply sidestepped the issue by saying he is enjoying working with the players at his disposal.

“I can’t really comment on everything he says. I’m enjoying working with these boys and that’s all I can say.”

We recently revealed that Mourinho is the favourite to return to management with Real Madrid.

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