Football: Former great Ryan Giggs backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent Manchester United manager

Manchester United have won 10 games and only drawn one and lost one in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.
Manchester United have won 10 games and only drawn one and lost one in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Manchester United momentum thanks to his tactical acumen and past links to the club, and it should give him the manager's job on a permanent basis, the English Premier League team's former great Ryan Giggs has said.

Wales manager Giggs, who was Solskjaer's teammate at Old Trafford for 11 seasons, thought that the Norwegian caretaker boss had done enough to be handed the reins next season.

"We've messed around far too long," he told The Guardian.

"When you've got someone who knows the club, who is tactically astute, clearly has the players and fans on board, that gives you lots of momentum.

"There will be bumps in the road but most fans imagine what he could do with the money that's been spent the last few years.

"He studied the game while he had a bad injury and then he coached (the reserves) at the club. So I always thought he had that potential because he knows the game and has that inner steel."

Solskjaer's credentials will be tested when United travel to Chelsea later on Monday (Feb 18) for a fifth-round FA Cup clash before they host Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

United have won 10 games and only drawn one and lost one in all competitions since he took charge.