Manchester United would have been four points clear at the top of the Premier League had the season began when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at the helm. The former United striker has been a revelation since replacing Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
The change in fortune seemed to be instant with a thumping five-one away victory, in his first game, at his former club Cardiff City. And the momentum continued with 20 points from a possible 22 leaving The Red Devils only two points off a top four spot.
After a hard-fought one-nil victory against Leicester, at King Power Stadium, due to an early goal by Marcus Rashford, the United manager made it nine wins from ten games since joining the club.
According to Reuters, there were chants of “Ole” throughout the game as Manchester United secured all three points. "They are the best in the world,” Solskjaer, 45, said of the fans, still smiling after the match despite acknowledging his team had put in an under-par performance by recent standards.
The interim manager, on loan from Norwegian club Molde until the end of the season, is making a compelling case for a full-time role at Old Trafford. The former Cardiff City manager, nicknamed ‘the baby-faced assassin’, had always been the fan’s favourite during his playing days.
The Norwegian signed for the club in 1996 and scored 126 goals over a ten-season spell at United; including the infamous injury time winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich to complete the treble winning season.
Yet tough tests await him, with a first leg Champions League tie against European giants Paris St Germain on February 12th and an FA Cup fifth round match away at Chelsea just a week later.
Should Manchester United keep their impressive run going, Ed Woodward and co may have a very difficult decision in the summer.