When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was first appointed as interim Manchester United boss, the talk was rife about another man.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, United had earmarked Mauricio Pochettino as a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho. 

But Solskjaer’s outstanding impact has seen a change in thinking among the Old Trafford faithful.

The fans love Solskjaer and would have no issue if he took the job permanently.

But could there be a twist that ensures the Norwegian beats the Argentine to the job?

United and Tottenham are battling for a top-four place and Champions League qualification. For a while, it looked like a straight fight between three clubs for the final spot. 

But Spurs’ recent capitulation means they are now just five points ahead of the Red Devils.

When Solskjaer first took charge, the gap was 13 points!

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If Tottenham continue to falter, and United’s surge goes on, there is every chance Solskjaer could pip Pochettino to the final Champions League spot.

That would be the perfect way for the United legend to prove he is the man for the long term, regardless of his inexperience compared with his fellow boss.

There is still a long way to go, but United’s form shows no sign of stopping. In contrast, Tottenham head into the North London derby licking their wounds.

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