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Solskjaer will be appointed permanent Man Utd boss during international break - Neville

21:06 WAT 06/03/2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United FA Cup
The former Red Devils right-back expects his old team-mate to sign a contract by the end of the month after leading a remarkable turnaround

Gary Neville has said he would be surprised if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not appointed permanent Manchester United manager during the upcoming March international break. 

Solskjaer took over as interim boss in December following Jose Mourinho's departure and has led a remarkable turnaround in form which has seen the Reds bridge an 11-point gap to the top four.

The Norwegian has also taken United into the FA Cup quarter-finals with victories over Arsenal and Chelsea in rounds four and five respectively.

A 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie has been the only hiccup of his reign so far, and Neville has been impressed by his former team-mate's leadership.

Asked while working as a pundit for Norwegian broadcasters Viasport whether Solskjaer will be appointed as permanent Manchester United boss, Neville joked: "He will. He'll probably be the King of Norway, the President of Norway, the Prime Minister of Norway as well! 

"I can't believe what's happened. I thought when he first came in it was just to reconnect the club with the fans, the players, get everybody happy. A safe pair of hands, someone who the club could rely upon to give good information to the board about what the players are like, and then they would appoint the best manager in the world. 

"Ole's results are Premier League-winning title results. The form guide says it all. The performances are very good. The fans are loving it, it's been a sensational three months and I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will get given the job.

"The right time for me was always mid-March to the end of March and that's when the international break is. I will be surprised if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not awarded the job during the international break in the next couple of weeks. 

After the second leg of their Champions League tie at Parc des Princes, United face games against Chelsea in the Premier League and Wolves in the FA Cup before the international break causes a break in English top-flight fixtures over the weekend of March 23-24.