If it were up to Manchester United’s left-back Luke Shaw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would immediately be awarded the job at Old Trafford on a full-time basis. Shaw was speaking after what can only be described as pandemonium in Paris as Manchester United pulled off one of the great escapes and gave their supporters a night in France’s capital that they will never forget.
The 23-year-old is ‘certain’ that Solskjaer will get the job and in all honesty, Shaw probably speaks for everyone in the footballing world. Few things convince the hierarchy at a club who are looking for a permanent manager like masterminding a win on foreign soil on a Champions League night.
Siri, show me who’s at the wheel: pic.twitter.com/YGxLi0iLFm
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 7, 2019
It’s probably fair to say that the majority of the United support would have even handed Solskjaer the keys to the manager’s office for next season even before kickoff at the Parc des Princes. On the flight over to France, Solskjaer’s record read 16 games, 13 wins, two draws and one defeat. Upon takeoff from Charles de Gaulle after the match, not only had the 45-year-old added another win to that column but he had also overseen the slaying of the largest of French giants.
This was always a match that was hard to call, given that Solskjaer had built his reputation on astonishing comebacks on the football field. No one was quite sure how it would play out, though, as there had already been a few surprises in the round of 16 the night before and really, at least one English team should have been eliminated in the week.
Eagle-eyed punters that were looking for the best football tips of the day when Tottenham traveled to Germany, would have seen the pros at betconnect call it correctly that Spurs would ease through in Dortmund, but United’s trip to France looked a lot more precarious.
Indeed, it was a test that few would have come through but then again, not everyone is managed by an ice-cool baby-faced assassin.
Solskjaer’s role in the 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich has been well-documented, and you almost got a sense that if he could transfer that type of unshakable belief onto his players, we were set for a night of fireworks in Paris. Romelu Lukaku’s sliding finish into an empty net before the second minute was a sure sign that Solskjaer’s indomitable spirit had rubbed off on his squad.
🇳🇴 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record as @ManUtd manager:
🏟 17 Games
✅ 14 Wins
🤝 2 Draws
❌ 1 Defeat
📈 4th in the @PremierLeague.
🇪🇺 In the Quarter Final of the @ChampionsLeague.
🏆 In the Quarter Final of the @EmiratesFACup.
🎶 “Ole’s at the wheel…” pic.twitter.com/TN42DlVgck
— SPORF (@Sporf) March 6, 2019
You can only imagine the owners and board at Manchester United are looking on with unbridled joy at how well this has all panned out since firing Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils are worlds away from the team that parked the bus every week under the Special One and have started to look more like the Manchester United of old.
For Luke Shaw, it’s a certainty that the Norwegian will be announced as the new long-term manager, and it’s probably just a matter of time now before Solskjaer is called in to put pen to paper on a deal that will see him become United’s 23rd full-time boss.