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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves chance to keep Manchester United job, insists former Red Devils coach Rene Meulensteen

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is ‘making a strong claim’ to given the Manchester United job on a permanent basis, Rene Meulensteen has told talkSPORT.

The Red Devils continued their resurgence under Norwegian with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Sunday – making Solskjær the first United manager in history to win his first six competitive games in charge.

The former striker has openly admitted he wants to keep the job beyond his initial caretaker period, and there will be many calling for their club hero to remain in charge after lifting the gloom left by former boss Jose Mourinho.

Solskjær’s managerial credentials are looking more and more serious with every game

However, some would say he’s done exactly what he was hired for – to steady the ship and get the team back firing before a new full-time boss comes in.

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Asked if Solskjær should be given the nod, Meulensteen – who worked at Old Trafford for 12 years, including as first-team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson – told talkSPORT: “He’s definitely making a strong claim for it

“He’s come in, he’s obviously had a good chat with Fergie and he’s hit the right notes – right from the start the players have responded.

“They have started playing in a way the fans want to see and they’re winning games.

Marcus Rashford celebrates his winning goal against Tottenham at Wembley

“Obviously there are still a lot of important games to come, but what he’s done is brought some stability back within the club.

“They just need to wait a little bit to see how things develop and listen to Ole and how he would take the club forward.

“And if that is a way that can bring back the stability and the continuity that we’ve knew for so many years at the club, then I think it would be wise for the people to listen to it.”

Meulensteen has also backed Solskjær to lead Man United to a top-four finish this season.

The win over Spurs saw them climb level on points with fifth-place Arsenal. United now sit just six points outside the top four, although they still have to face Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea before the end of the season.

Man United had David de Gea to thank for a host of key saves against Spurs

“If they keep going like they’re doing, I really think they can make a strong claim,” Meulensteen added.

“There are so many games to play for and they have bigger games coming up against City and Liverpool, but Spurs was one of them too and if they can come out with good results I think they will get into the top four.”

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