Man Utd 'shelve' plans to bring in new manager because of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's success

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has exceeded all expectations at Manchester United since taking over as interim manager.

Jose Mourinho's defensive style of play and hostile personality resulted in him getting the sack on December 18, with Solskjaer announced as his replacement the next day.

It's now been over two months with the Norwegian in the Old Trafford hot seat and out of 15 games he's won 12, drawn two and lost one.

United were far behind the top four when he arrived, but they're now just one point below Arsenal and back in contention.

Indeed, the only black spot on Solskjaer's record is the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, which could be too steep a challenge to overcome in the second leg.

The 46-year-old has been a breath of fresh air for United and according to the Mirror, club chiefs have actually "shelved" plans to bring in someone else because they've been so impressed.

Solskjaer is now firmly winning the race to be named permanent manager, partly because United are aware of how tough it will be to lure Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino.

Prising either manager from Juventus and Tottenham respectively would be costly, whereas agreeing a deal with Molde would be much easier.

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But the main reason is that Solskjaer has been fantastic and United's board are even considering making him full-time before current season ends.

Solskjaer has stabilised the dressing room after the damage Mourinho caused and reintroduced the same brand of attacking football that Sir Alex Ferguson used to deploy.

Making him permanent sooner rather than later would be wise because it would allow United to start planning for the summer transfer window.

This will come as good news to legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who insisted earlier this week that Solskjaer "must be a top candidate now".

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"I think with Ole it is kind of a free ride because he's only there on a temporary basis," Schmeichel added, "but he's proven - and the Liverpool game was key for me - that he's a top, top, manager.

"I mean, we were trying to think about a game where three, actually four, players get injured in the first 25 minutes and you have to regroup.

"I can't remember anyone ever being faced with that challenge and I thought he came out of that smelling of roses."

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