Phil Neville says Manchester United should appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager – at the end of the season.

The Lionesses boss and former United star believes it is ‘impossible’ for the club to overlook Solskjaer, but worries they would lose their current momentum by announcing him too soon.

Solskjaer pulled off the impossible at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night as Marcus Rashford’s last-gasp penalty sent a depleted United team into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Solskjaer celebrates with the Manchester United fans in Paris

Solskjaer celebrates with the Manchester United fans in Paris

Without ten first team players available, a young Red Devils team overturned a 2-0 deficit to win the second leg 3-1 and advance on away goals.

The interim boss looks all-but guaranteed to land the job permanently, and while Neville spoke glowingly of his former team-mate, he urged United to wait before giving Solskjaer a full-time contract.

“As a supporter, it feels like we’ve got our Manchester United back,” Neville told Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Drive.

“Ole’s done an unbelievable job. He’s embraced everything and let the players play with a smile on their face.


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“United’s not about the results, United is about seeing a team fight and seeing a team play right up to the very last minute, with a togetherness and a spirit.

“Everything that he’s done has been right. He’s getting every ounce of ability and effort out of these players.

“Management isn’t all about tactics; it’s about managing a set of players to get the best out of them.

“Part of me says don’t give [the permanent job] to him yet. Everything’s going really well, don’t spoil it. Just let the players keep fighting for him.

Phil Neville joined Drive on Thursday

Phil Neville joined Drive on Thursday

“I think it’s impossible not to give him the job. That’s my opinion. But why not just keep this momentum going and keep this bandwagon going?”

And Neville even suggests that with this current momentum, there’s nothing to stop United winning the Champions League this season.

He added: “United have real momentum now they could easily go and win the Champions League.

“I’d run through a brick wall for him. People questioned whether he’d be good enough. He’s rammed that down everyone’s throat!”