Manchester United hints at long-term role for Solskjaer

Manchester United has used Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in promotional videos for season ticket renewals in a hint that he may be made permanent boss.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a terrific run, having lost just one of his 15 matches since replacing Jose Mourinho in December.   -  Getty Images

Could interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer take up a full time role at Manchester United next season? Nothing is certain yet, but United has created a buzz by casting Solskjaer in promotional videos for 2019-20 season tickets.

Old Trafford favourite Solskjaer is yet to find out if he has done enough to take the reins on a permanent basis after replacing Jose Mourinho in December, having lost just one of his 15 matches in charge during his caretaker stint. 

Asked prior to Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton if United fans deserve to be updated on his future before deciding whether to renew their tickets, Solskjaer replied: "I've done a video shoot on season tickets so I'm pleading with them to get their season tickets!

"It will be strange to see myself in a video if I'm not here. It's not strange doing it, though.

"My kids if they see a commercial with me in it and I'm back home in Norway - that will be strange.

"It's just part of it being here doing a commercial. As a player as well, [you do one] then suddenly you're not here anymore and you see your picture."

Solskjaer's main contender for the permanent position has largely been rumoured to be Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. 

"It's important to look up and upwards. Of course, the results have meant that we can challenge Tottenham now for that spot," he added.

"It's us, Chelsea, Arsenal. We're all chasing them. It's going to be an exciting race and every single game is going to be very important. You need to make sure to tip the balance in your way.

"As I said before, we're five points behind Tottenham and there's 10 games to go. We've definitely got a chance to move up the table so we'll do our best to get up there.

"Every game is a big chance for the players to say that we want to stay and it's the same for everyone around the coaching staff. 

"We want to improve everyone, that's our job. The better we do the bigger the chance to be here."