The majority of Manchester United fans want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get the manager’s job at Old Trafford on a permanent basis.
Solskjaer passed his first major test as interim boss with flying colours on Sunday as he guided United to a 1-0 win away to title-challenging Tottenham.
And that win was enough to convince nearly two thirds of fans that he is worthy of a crack at the job full-time.
MEN Sport asked fans who they think United’s next permanent manager should be out of Solskjaer, Mauricio Pochettino and Gareth Southgate – and 65% of the 5,709 responders plumped for Solskjaer, with Pochettino raking in just 32% of the vote.
Only 1% of fans said they want England boss Southgate to get the gig, while 2% reckon somebody other than Southgate, Pochettino or Southgate would be best-suited to the job.
Pochettino vs Solskjaer was the biggest sub-plot of United’s win over Spurs at the weekend but the Argentine refused to discuss his tactical battle with his Norwegian adversary after the match.
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“It was Tottenham against Manchester United,” Pochettino said. “I’m not going to talk about [a battle with Solskjaer].
“I’m not going to judge his tactics. I think, in the plan you have to play, it’s not ethical to talk about how he is doing or I am doing. You only can talk about the game.
“Today, to talk about the game, of course we were better. We dominated the game and we created more chances than them. In the second half, we created 11 shots on target, with 11 saves from the goalkeeper.
“It was a game and a battle between Tottenham and Manchester United, because if not, we would need to play him against me, one-versus-one on the pitch. Then the next game Fulham against [Claudio] Ranieri, then [Chelsea boss Maurizio] Sarri.
“OK, come on. That is football and it’s always about collective things.”