Manchester United could announce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new permanent manager this week, according to reports.
The Daily Mail understand United are close to confirming the Norwegian as Jose Mourinho’s successor after a remarkable three-and-a-half-month spell as the club’s interim manager.
Solskjaer has won 14 of his 19 games in charge, leaving United in the Champions League quarter-finals and just outside the top four in the Premier League table.
If appointed, Solskjaer – like his predecessors – is likely to be handed considerable funds to improve his squad ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
United haven’t won the Premier League since 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year in charge of the Red Devils, but will be expected to mount a serious title challenge next season.
In order to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool, United will need to recruit some top talent when the window re-opens.
The likes of Gareth Bale and, bizarrely, Philippe Coutinho have already been linked with summer moves to Old Trafford – and former United player and coach Phil Neville wants to see both superstars in his ‘dream’ Man Utd XI for next season.
Neville, who currently manages the England Women’s team, half-joked that Coutinho “wants to sign for Manchester United” after being questioned about the inclusion of the former Liverpool playmaker who has struggled at Barcelona.
“I see this guy as a special player,” he continued.
On his decision to select Bale over Jadon Sancho, Neville said: “I’ve gone Gareth Bale. You’re thinking about the ready-made [Bale] or the future [Sancho].
“Bale has won Champions League and played at the top, top level. I don’t think wages would be a problem. You’re talking guaranteed quality.”
He also wants to see Tottenham’s Eric Dier in the holding midfield role, adding: “I think you have to have a resemblance of English/British players within your title-winning team.”
At the opposite end of the pitch, he wants United to bolster their defence with the acquisitions of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid and Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo, who Neville knows well from his time at Valencia.
However, he later decided to put Diogo Dalot back in at right-back, ahead of Cancelo.
See Neville’s dream Man Utd in full here…
We’ll cut Neville some slack because it’s a ‘dream’ XI – rather than a ‘realistic XI’ – but still… he must think United have an endless pot of cash to even suggest all those signings would be possible.
Watch the video here…