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Bookmaker pays out on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becoming next permanent Manchester United manager

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a stunning start as Manchester United manager (Picture: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first Manchester United manager ever to win his first six matches in charge, and he now appears to be in pole position to take the role on a permanent basis.

The Norwegian is currently interim manager and was not considered a likely candidate to continue in the position beyond the summer, but after victory at Tottenham made it six straight wins, that could have changed.

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Such have been the results and the performances of United under Solskjaer that bookmaker Paddy Power has already paid out on the 45-year-old being in charge for the first game of next season.

Other bookmakers have not been so bullish in their response, although Solskjaer is odds-on favourite with Betfair to take the permanent role, priced at 5/6.

Solskjaer is making himself hard to turn down (Picture: Getty Images)

A Marcus Rashford goal in the first half gave United a 1-0 victory over Spurs at Wembley on Sunday, leaving the Red Devils sixth in the Premier League, but taking them level on points with Arsenal in fifth.

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Solskjaer said after the win in north London: ‘The win here was massive. The team spirit was massive.

‘The belief and joy in the dressing room is fantastic. We’ve been away for a week working on certain things and when the boys see the benefits of that work – both fitness and tactical – it’s massive.

‘Results like this against big teams give you confidence.’

Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan have made a serious impact (Picture: Getty Images)

Solskjaer’s six wins have come over Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and now Spurs in the league, while they also knocked Reading out of the FA Cup.

Next up for United is a home game with Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, followed by a trip to Arsenal in the FA Cup the following Friday.

Other contenders remain in the frame for the permanent United job, including Zinedine Zidane, Gareth Southgate, Massimiliano Allegri and beaten Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

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