Manchester United’s players want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get the permanent gig as manager following the win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. The 1-0 win made it six consecutive wins for Solskjaer and five consecutive wins in the Premier League, and Paul Pogba has spoken effusively of him after the match. The players do look happier, and are far more effective when they are allowed to play to their talents, but it is too early to get into firm decision either way. He has earned the chance to be judged over the course of the rest of the season, though. You can read that in the Telegraph.
There’s more positive Norwegian news. Solskjaer’s first signing for the club could be 14-year-old midfielder Isak Hansen-Aaroen. The child currently plays for Tromso IL, and has been interesting both Liverpool and Everton. United are set to start talks with Tromso according to Bergens Tidende, whose story ended up in the Mirror.
The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal have halved the allocation of tickets for Manchester United’s fans in the fourth round FA Cup tie. The allocation of 5,333 is lower than the possible 9,000, and is to do with safety concerns. Due to the remarkable safety record of English clubs of late, you can either suggest this is sensible from the police, or rather the hallmark of an authoritarian group of busybody police who interfere in something simply because they can.
There’s praise in the Independent for the excellent David de Gea, whose saves against Spurs in the second half were remarkably brilliant, until you consider that he is remarkably brilliant at least once a match.
And lastly, to stay at Old Trafford, De Gea reportedly wants an enormous contract from United, according to ESPN. There is not any reasonable sum that he does not deserve.