Former Manchester United defender Ronny Johnsen believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could replace Sir Alex Ferguson as the next manager at Old Trafford.

The 43-year-old Norwegian spent six years with the Red Devils between 1996 and 2002, with compatriot Solskjaer joining in the same year but spending over a decade with the club before retiring in 2007.

After a brief spell as Manchester United reserve team manager, ‘the baby-faced assassin’ left to manage Molde in his homeland, and instantly brought success with a first league title for the club.

It led to speculation over Solskjaer taking the post of manager at Aston Villa, and today the 39-year-old has been linked with Blackburn Rovers as the replacement for Steve Kean.

However, Johnsen believes the former-forward – who famously scored the winner for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich – could replace Ferguson at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.

“I think he’s done really well as a coach so far. He’s second in the league, having won it last year and he’s probably going to win it this year as well. He’s in Europe too, so if he gets experience and goes from there, we’ll see,” said the ex-defender at the official launch of the Manchester United Soccer School in Dubai.

“He’s always been very precise in his football and I could always see him going down that route [into management]. It’s all about getting experience and then we’ll see how long Ferguson sits there. I hope he stays there many years to come, though, to be honest.”

Ferguson admitted last season that he’d retire in ‘two or three years’, and big names like Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have been linked with one of world football’s biggest posts.

But, whilst Solskjaer doesn’t have the experience of the aforementioned duo, he would certainly be a popular choice with the Manchester United fans.

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