Ole Gunnar Solsjaer will be consulted on the futures of six Manchester United players

Solskjaer has enjoyed a perfect start to life at United

It's hard to believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been in charge at Manchester United for under three weeks. 

The nature of the festive calendar has meant that the Norwegian has already overseen five games, winning all of them. 

In the process, the Red Devils have scored 16 goals - some feat given that they only managed 39 in 24 in all competitions under Jose Mourinho this season. 

Solskjaer's main concerns come at the other end of the pitch. 

Despite overseeing his side's 2-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup third round, the Championship outfit might well have narrowed the deficit had they been a little more clinical. 

In fact, the same could be said about Newcastle in midweek. 

The board, and Solskjaer himself, are in a difficult position as the January window opens - can they afford to make significant changes to the squad when they still don't know who will be in the dugout next season? 

It's possible that new arrivals are going to be in short supply, but The Sun report that Solskjaer will at least be given a say regarding the futures of his current players. 

There are six, in particular, who are named. 

Solskjaer will have his say 

Juan Mata and Ander Herrera will both see their current deals expire in the summer and United want their interim boss' opinion on whether they should be given extensions - both have scored since he took the reins. 

The contracts of Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia are also ticking down, though the latter two have been less impressive, struggling to find their best form since returning from injury. 

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Perhaps most interestingly, Andreas Pereira is another name up for discussion. Valencia would like to sign the 19-year-old permanently but there has long been clamour among the United fans to see him given an opportunity. 

Finally, Solskjaer will be given the task of convincing David de Gea to stay.

The stopper was considering leaving under Mourinho but having activated his one-year extension option, United are hoping they can tie the Spaniard down for longer. 

There is now a much more positive atmosphere at Old Trafford and that could be invaluable if a number of the key players are to commit their futures. 

Who should United sell this January? Have your say in the comments. 

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