Molde CEO Oystein Neerland confident on Solskjaer return

Solskjaer's future at United hangs in the balance

The CEO of Molde, Oystein Neerland, has said that he expects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to return to the club in the summer, upon the expiry of his temporary contract at Manchester United.

The 46-year-old is currently in charge at Old Trafford on an interim basis, however after a glistening start to life in the hot seat, where United have lost just one of their previous 16 matches in all competitions, it's looking likely that Solskjaer will be offered the job on a permanent basis at the end of the campaign.

Having joined United while still under contract at Molde, the initial agreement was that Solskjaer would return to his previous employers in the summer, when United find a suitable candidate to take the reins full-time. His assistant, Erling Moe, will be taking charge of proceedings at Molde ahead of the 2019 campaign, which commences at the end of the month.

With the uncertainty surrounding Solskjaer's future at Old Trafford, it remains extremely unclear whether or not he will be returning to Norway this summer. In an interview with Norwegian podcast Fotballklubben, the former striker suggested that he thinks his current contract with Molde has now expired, and that should he return to the club, a new one will have to be drawn up.

"I'm not sure how it works. I think the contract is expired and I'm now under contract with Manchester United. I think we need a new contract there [at Molde]," said Solskjaer.

Neerland however seems to have a completely different perception of things, telling TV2 Norway: "Before Christmas we signed a new agreement with Ole Gunnar for three years, until the end of the 2021 season. 

"Afterwards Ole Gunnar has taken over as temporary manager at Manchester United, a job that goes on until the summer. Ole Gunnar is now employed at Manchester United, and plans to return to Molde after the season."

United are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, winning ten of their 12 matches, drawing two. The Premier League titans currently sit fourth in the table, just three points behind third-placed Tottenham and it now looks as though Champions League football will be returning next season should they continue with their impressive league form.

The Red Devils face an uphill battle this evening when they travel to France for the second leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain. Currently trailing Thomas Tuchel's men 2-0 and struggling with a long list of injuries, it's going to be extremely difficult for them to take anything from this evening's encounter at the Parc des Princes.

They do however find themselves in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup following victory over Chelsea in the last round. Solskjaer takes his men to Molineux in two weeks time, looking to book their place in the semi-finals at Wembley next month. Should he manage to clinch silverware this term, whilst also guiding United to a top four finish, it's hard to look past the baby faced assassin getting the job permanently.


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