KEOWN: SOLSKJAER HAS SIR ALEX FERGUSON’S DNA

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There have been calls from all quarters for Manchester United to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis after his brilliant start as the manager of Manchester United.

Manchester United have won eight games and drawn only once in nine matches in all competitions, and Solskjaer holds the record for the best start for a Manchester United manager in the history of the club.

With Manchester United struggling under Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese was relieved of his job and Solskjaer was appointed on an interim basis back in December, and his appointment has seen Manchester United come back as a force again in the league.

United’s team spirit is back, the squad has shown a never die attitude, and more importantly, United are playing beautiful football – something Old Trafford have been longing for since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

United’s comeback against Burnley and a gritty win against Leicester City characterised what Manchester United have been known for over the years.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has urged United to make Solskjaer’s appointment a permanent one, insisting that the Norwegian has Ferguson’s DNA in him

He told the Daily Mail: “Solskjaer has done more than enough in his first 10 games as Manchester United caretaker manager to prove he should get the job full-time.

“His team are displaying the traits of Sir Alex Ferguson’s great teams. We rarely saw that under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

“United have a manager now who gets this club’s DNA.

“Winning 2-1 at Arsenal in the FA Cup, with less than 20 minutes to go, Solskjaer went for broke and threw on Martial and Rashford to finish the Gunners off. Who does that remind you of?”

Under Solskjaer, United are now back in the hunt for a top four fight, and have overtaken Arsenal to 5th spot and are just two points behind Chelsea – cutting a gap that stood at 11 points in December.

Keown also hailed Solskjaer’s backroom staff as he added: “This job clearly does not faze Solskjaer. He is oozing confidence and has a brilliant backroom team.

“Mike Phelan is another vital link with the glory days under Ferguson. I like how Solskjaer often consults Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna on the touchline.

“This coaching team have proven they are up to the task. What are the club waiting for?

“They may still be holding out for Mauricio Pochettino, but I honestly do not believe that he is going to leave everything he has built at Tottenham when they are about to move into a wonderful new stadium.

“Solskjaer deserves to be given a chance. He is an icon of this club’s past and can guide them to a successful future.”