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Woodward's Solskjaer decision just got a lot easier

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Published on March 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:38s

Woodward's Solskjaer decision just got a lot easier

As Ole Gunnar Solksjaer continues to exceed expectations in his position as interim Manchester United manager, his appointment into a permanent role seems inevitable.

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Woodward's Solskjaer decision just got a lot easier

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 18, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

CLOSE OF MANCHESTER UNITED BADGE OUTSIDE OLD TRAFFORD STADIUM 2.

VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF OLD TRAFFORD 3.

CLOSE OF STATUE OF ALEX FERGUSON OUTSIDE STADIUM MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (FEBRUARY 11, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 4.

VARIOUS OF MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLKSJAER DURING TRAINING SESSION MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - FEBRUARY 12, 2019) (ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5.

STILL OF MANCHESTER UNITED CO OWNER AVRAM GLAZER AND EXECUTIVE VICE-CHAIRMAN ED WOODWARD AT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HOME LEG AGAINST PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 6, 2019) (REUTERS STILLS - ACCESS ALL) 6.

STILL OF MARCUS RASHFORD SCORING FROM THE PENALTY SPOT IN STOPPAGE TIME TO PUT MANCHESTER UNITED THROUGH TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS 7.

UNITED PLAYERS CELEBRATING GOAL WITH FRED STANDING ON BILLBOARD PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 6, 2019) (ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 8.

STILL OF SOLKSJAER CELEBRATING WIN OVER PSG PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 6, 2019) (REUTERS STILLS - ACCESS ALL) 9.

STILL SHOWING MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYERS CELEBRATING WIN AS PSG'S EDINSON CAVANI PULLS UP DEJECTED TEAMMATE MARCO VERRATTI PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 6, 2019) (ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 10.

SOLKSJAER CELEBRATING WIN OVER PSG STORY: If Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward was still fretting over whether to give caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis, Wednesday's (March 6) triumph in Paris surely tipped the scales in the Norwegian's favour.

United's heroic 3-1 win over Paris St Germain, with an injury-ravaged team, to eliminate one of the favourites for the Champions League on away goals, will go down as one of the club's greatest in European football.

In isolation, making an appointment on the basis of a heady night of unexpected glory, helped by a disputed penalty award, would be unwise.

Yet Woodward has plenty of other evidence of how Solskjaer has transformed the club since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December.

The Norwegian has won 14 of 17 games in all competitions with the solitary defeat, 2-0 to PSG in the first leg, more than compensated for by Wednesday's efforts.

In his 12 league games, United have won five more points than champions and leaders Manchester City, seven more than Liverpool and 10 more than Tottenham.

On top of that, they have won away to Arsenal and Chelsea in the FA Cup and won all nine away games, scoring 23 goals on the road.

Not a bad audition for a man whose return to the club where he played under Alex Ferguson was apparently an exercise in buying time for Woodward.

When he was brought back to the club, along with Mike Phelan, Ferguson's long-term assistant, United made it clear that their former forward was in charge "while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager." What is evident is that the chief executive, who had a frosty relationship with Mourinho according to British media reports, is enjoying the rebirth of the club under Solskjaer as much as anyone.

At a recent club charity dinner, the pair sat together, clearly enjoying each other's company.

Woodward has also enjoyed being at United's Carrington training ground after Solskjaer made it clear that the era of strict separation between club staff was over.

Those who have witnessed Solskjaer and his staff at work, say the transformation of the mood and atmosphere is something of which most clubs would be envious.

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