Ryan Giggs joins Paul Scholes in backing Solskjaer for permanent Manchester United job

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named Manchester United caretaker boss in December (Picture: Getty)

Ryan Giggs has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to become permanent Manchester United manager.

Red Devils legend Solskjaer was put in temporary charge of the club in December after Jose Mourinho was sacked.

United were adamant Solskjaer was a short-term appointment but he has since won ten out of 12 matches to suggest he has what it takes to get the job on a full-time basis.

Asked if he believes Solskjaer should get the nod, Manchester United legend Giggs told The Guardian: ‘I do. We’ve messed around far too long.

‘When you’ve got someone who knows the club, who is tactically astute, clearly has the players and fans on board, that gives you lots of momentum.

‘There will be bumps in the road but most fans imagine what he could do with the money that’s been spent the last few years.’

Giggs believes Manchester United should keep Solskjaer’s appointment private and focus their efforts on identifying summer transfer targets.

The Wales boss added: ‘Planning is more important than the announcement.

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‘Look at Pep Guardiola. He got in Man City players he wanted the year before he took over.

‘So, if it is Ole, keep it amongst the club and start planning. Our problem the past few years is that we were always playing catch-up.

‘We should identify the two or three players we need if we’re going to win the Premier League and Champions League.’

New Oldham manager Paul Scholes has also thrown his support behind former teammate Solskjaer despite the midweek defeat to PSG.

‘I’d have no issues whatsoever [with Solskjaer getting the job],’ he told the Daily Mail.

Wales boss and former Man Utd star Ryan Giggs (Picture: Getty)

‘With what he’s done for these last 11 games – I know people will start to question because now because he’s lost a game but that was PSG.

‘But that could happen to the most experienced manager in the world because PSG are a top team. I think for what he’s done so far he definitely deserves a chance.

‘Ole’s come in with a smile on his face, put his arm around the players – there so much talent in that team he’s given them freedom and you’ve seen the results.

‘Ole knows United, he knows what is needed, the way fans want them to play, the way the people want them to play, the way staff want to play. Ultimately Sir Alex created all that and Ole will try and keep all that alive.’


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