The next manager of Manchester United: "The Red Devils have already decided to change manager" – Norman Whiteside sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out


An interim coach from Old Trafford has overseen eight consecutive victories, but Norman Whiteside believes he will need more to get the full-time job

Manchester United has already decided to "change managers at the end of the season", says Norman Whiteside, club legend, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not the preferred option.

The Red Devils have seen the decision to hand over the reins to a hero of their past winning treble rich prizes, with eight consecutive victories enjoyed by the separation with Jose Mourinho.

A flawless opening to his tenure led many to put Solskjaer in the frame to get the high profile post on a permanent basis.

Whiteside, however, believes that United would need to be "supported in a corner" to make that call, with moves for established artists like Mauricio Pochettino or Zinedine Zidane considered most likely.

"I'm happy with the form of United," said the former Red Devils frontman Belfast Telegraph.

"They're doing well, but I still think the club has ideas to change managers at the end of the season.

"Unless, of course, Ole goes and wins the next 10 games and then United may be forced to retreat.

"If Ole keeps winning, I could eat my words because they might have to give him the job.

"Pochettino has been mentioned a lot but it will not be the only one we'll get closer to at the end of the season.I expect Zidane to be there and there will also be others interested.

"Some of the big guns around Europe can get the lot or leave their clubs and will be on who is up for grabs at the end of the season.

"United will sit down and find out what Ole has done and see what great managers are available.

"I'm sure people upstairs will have their names in mind and it will be interesting to see who they choose."

Paul Pogba Marcus Rashford Manchester United vs. Bournemouth Premier League 2018-19

While suggesting that United will look beyond Solskjaer on his next date, Whiteside admits that the Norwegian did a great job in restoring confidence in key men who looked out of shape under Mourinho.

Northern Ireland added: "People are starting to run forward and move forward and get into the box and do things they were not doing.

"The reins have been removed by Marcus Rashford and he is scoring goals for fun and creating goals.

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"Paul Pogba is now coming into play and making things happen and they have become like two new players.

"I'm just using them as an example because other players have turned their shape from one day to the next, you can do whatever you want."

United are back in action in the Premier League on Tuesday night when they welcome Burn Trafford to Old Trafford.