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Solskjaer's United looking for response after rare defeat

AFP  |  Wolverhampton 

Ole Solskjaer will look for Manchester United to respond to the first domestic defeat of his reign when they face Wolves in quarter-finals on Saturday as the Norwegian moves closer to landing the job on a permanent basis.

United's shock victory at Paris Saint-Germain last week carried them through to the last eight and all but confirmed Solskjaer will soon be named Jose Mourinho's successor on a long-term basis.

Since that famous evening in France, United have tasted defeat for the first time in England on the interim manager's watch, beaten 2-0 in last weekend's league visit to Arsenal.

But although that setback dented United's bid for a top-four finish, it did little damage to Solskjaer's standing, especially given the list he has endured recently.

Some reports have suggested Solskjaer could be confirmed as during the forthcoming international break, which follows the Wolves Cup tie.

United officials have offered no guidance on whether the appointment is imminent, but it emerged last week that Solskjaer does not, as was commonly thought, have a contract with his former

He revealed that, with regulations forbidding a from having concurrent contracts with more than one club, he tore up his deal with the Norwegian side to join United in December.

It is understood United and Molde have put in place a compensation package should Solskjaer win the post permanently, with a figure of around GBP 500,000 (USD 665,000) mooted.

However, the United hierarchy, led by Ed Woodward, have another burning personnel issue to resolve as the club seek to appoint a of

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The time-table is for that role to be filled before the end of the season, allowing the newcomer the opportunity to oversee a close-season of transfer activity about which Solskjaer has already been consulted.

The former United striker has talked openly about having been asked by the board for his thoughts on future sales and acquisitions, although he claims that has no bearing on whether he will eventually land the manager's job.

It was always believed that March would be a pivotal period in the process of appointing a of as plans for the pre-season tour to become finalised and increased attention starts being placed on signings.

and has been consistently linked with the post.

Part of the logic behind his potential appointment seemed to focus on the possibility that his friend and Tottenham boss might be in line to become the United

Mitchell, now at German side RB Leipzig, has seen his name mentioned alongside the likes of Borussia Dortmund's of Michael Zorc, former Arsenal sporting director and former United Edwin van der Sar, currently at

While that appointment will be made with an eye on the summer, United must also assess what possible impact Solskjaer's permanent promotion to the post might have on the remainder of the season.

The feelgood impact of his December arrival still shows no sign of being diluted and, conceivably, an announcement could have for the club over the closing stages of the campaign.

In the shorter term, United's list is slowly improving ahead of the trip to Wolves, with Ander Herrera, and all in contention to rejoin the squad.

Wolves could prove a significant obstacle to United's hopes of reaching the semi-finals however, having already beaten and and drawn with Manchester City at Molineux this season.

"It's an important game for us to get the semi-final at Wembley. We play at home. We're going to prepare for this game all week now and try to do something great on Saturday," Wolves said.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 10:20 IST
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