Gary Neville: Man United face ‘real dilemma’ with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Man United legend believes his former club will face a tough decision if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extends his excellent start

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Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screengrab)

Gary Neville believes Manchester United will face a “real dilemma” if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can extend his brilliant start at Old Trafford into April.

Manchester United appointed Solskjaer as their interim manager in December after the 20-time English champions opted to part company with Jose Mourinho.

The Norwegian head coach has led Manchester United to seven victories and one stalemate in the Premier League to kick-start their top-four challenge.

Manchester United’s unbeaten run included an impressive performance in a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Solskjaer inherited a Manchester United side that was 11 points adrift of Chelsea FC in the final Champions League qualification spot.

However, the Red Devils’ run under their former striker has seen Manchester United reduce the west London side’s lead to two points.

Manchester United have also beaten Reading and Arsenal in the FA Cup to set up a fifth-round meeting with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.

The Old Trafford outfit have been linked with a move to appoint Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino or France legend Zinedine Zidane.

Former England defender Neville believes the Red Devils will have a tough decision to make if Solskjaer continues the club’s excellent form.

“It will be hard to ignore him,” Neville told Sky Sports. “Ultimately, what Man United were going to do six weeks ago was to scour Europe for one of the best managers in the world to take over in the summer.

“And they should still continue to do that because you do not know what is going to happen in the next three or four months. But if Ole keeps on doing what he is doing – in fact, anything like he is doing – then there is a real dilemma in March or April in terms of what the club’s plans potentially were, in terms of who would have been brought in and then obviously in terms of what they may become.

“Because if Ole has the fans on his side, the players on his side and most importantly he has got the results to the level they have got now, then it will be incredibly difficult for the board at Man United to look anywhere else.

“However, if they have got one of the best managers in the world secured as well, then there is that dilemma as to whether they go with that. They have tried that the last couple of times with Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho and it did not work out.

“So I think that Ole is in with a real shout, particularly with the results so outstanding, the football is better and the fans feel a lot better over there at Old Trafford and the judgment should be made in March, April, May and not really for today.

“But he has a far better than he had six weeks ago.”

Manchester United will host Fulham in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

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