It’s Man United again under Ole

From top: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showing his considerable motivational skills in consoling United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who went off injured in the 0-0 home draw with Liverpool in the Premier League last month. The United caretaker boss has a
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showing his considerable motivational skills in consoling United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who went off injured in the 0-0 home draw with Liverpool in the Premier League last month.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS
From top: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showing his considerable motivational skills in consoling United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who went off injured in the 0-0 home draw with Liverpool in the Premier League last month. The United caretaker boss has a
The United caretaker boss has a good working relationship with assistant manager Mike Phelan (left) and first-team coach Michael Carrick.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS
From top: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showing his considerable motivational skills in consoling United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who went off injured in the 0-0 home draw with Liverpool in the Premier League last month. The United caretaker boss has a
A fan showing her feelings for the United legend who scored the winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

With good man-management, he is favourite to take charge but challenge is to fight for title

LONDON • It is the evening of Jan 22, and the great and the good from the red half of Manchester are gathered in Old Trafford's Manchester Suite for the club's annual United for Unicef gala dinner.

The auction is under way but the players spend most of the night with their heads bowed tapping on their phones.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline 'It’s Man United again under Ole'. Print Edition | Subscribe