Manchester United defender Phil Jones signs new deal until 2023

Mauricio Pochettino should manage Manchester United if not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Wayne Rooney

No Paul Ince – you couldn’t have done Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job at Manchester United

The North-West giants were well off the pace when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December, but United are now arguably favourites to earn a place in next season's Champions League.

"Every day I feel that I do help the club put my stamp on it, yes, but decisions sometimes of players' futures are not down to me either", Solskjaer said.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic look more likely to start and should have too much quality for the home midfield, in truth.

The fact that Tottenham are now third in the table and progressing in the Champions League, not to mention the Lilywhites moving into their new stadium, means that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would be hard-pressed to release Pochettino from his contract - especially if it meant he would go to a league rival in United.

First of all, although Ince has been managing longer than Solskjaer, he did not manage the Manchester United Reserves or any of the other youth sides - whereas the latter has.

With victories in nine of those games, fifth-placed United have surged back into the race to qualify for next season's Champions League via a top-four finish.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid chief Zinedine Zidane were the bookmakers' top contenders following Mourinho's exit.

One specific area that the Norwegian has significantly improved is United's away form.

"I remember him as a player, against Chelsea".

"You get a different view of some of the players: "he's impressed me, he's got some way to go".

"At the moment he deserves it".

Manchester United fans have voiced their displeasure after defender Phil Jones was handed a new four-year deal by the club. "His career's open, and I wish him all the best". "Why not?" said Ranieri, whose side are second bottom after one win in their past five league games.

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