GARY NEVILLE has predicted “mutiny” from Manchester United fans if club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not given the permanent role at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December as interim United manager – but the former striker has won 11 out of his 14 games, remaining undefeated in domestic competition.
Despite the impressing form, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino remains as Solskjaer’s primary rival to land the job.
Speaking to Sky Sports after United’s 0-0 home draw against league leaders Liverpool, Solskjaer’s former teammate Neville suggested the fans could turn on the board if they appoint a manager elsewhere.
Neville said: “Three months ago if it was 0-0 at home they would have been singing ‘attack, attack, attack’.
“They were singing ‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ all of the second-half. The mood has completely transformed.
“He has the crowd with him. I think at this moment in time if you’re the board you are not in a position where you could give it to someone else, I think there would be a mutiny.
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“The fans love him. They were getting behind the team in the second-half but mostly they were singing for him.”
Solskjaer lifted United from sixth to fourth, but their goalless draw at Old Trafford on Sunday meant Arsenal leaped above them in the Champions League spot.
United have suffered just one defeat under their new caretaker boss – coming against PSG in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
With two away goals conceded, the Reds take a mighty disadvantage into the second leg in Paris next week.