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Andreas Pereira hoping for long Solskjaer reign at Man Utd

By Harry Edwards

Published: 18:25, 19 December 2019

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has admitted he hopes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in charge of the club for “many, many more years”.

Solskjaer has been in charge of United for a year, replacing Jose Mourinho on December 19, 2018 after the Portuguese manager had endured an underwhelming start to the 2018/19 season alongside reported off-field problems.

Initially introduced on an interim basis, Solksjaer was handed the permanent role in late March 2019 after a good start.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd: Five things to know…

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Manchester United on December 19, 2018.
  • First handed an interim role, Solskjaer was named permanent manager in March 2019.
  • The Norwegian has experienced significant highs and lows in his first year at United.
  • Andreas Pereira hopes Solskjaer will stay with United for many, many years.
  • United are in the last-32 of the Europa League and the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

The Norwegian has since endured a poor run of form, leading to some fans calling for his departure, but United have turned things around. The Red Devils are currently sixth in the Premier League after 17 games and four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Recent results have included wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City despite ongoing injury problems in the United squad, including the absence of Paul Pogba.

Pereira has been one of the players to benefit from the injury problems, in terms of increased game time, making 15 appearances, 12 of which have been starts.

The midfielder believes United have made progress under Solskjaer and hopes the Norwegian enjoys a long time at the club.

“We have evolved a lot,” he told reporters.

“Mentally we are more patient, we work for each other more and more and we have more confidence on the pitch.

“It is all the United way we play. On the counter attack. We are very direct and the manager’s played a massive part in that.

“Hopefully we can keep that going and he can stay for many, many more years.”

Since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013, Jose Mourinho has been the longest-reigning United manager lasting 144 games across two-and-a-half seasons. Solskjaer’s 12 months so far already means his reign has been longer than that of David Moyes, while Louis van Gaal lasted just under two years.

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Solskjaer’s first year as Man Utd manager

As previously mentioned, Solskjaer has completed his first 12 months in charge of United both as interim and permanent manager.

His interim role spanned 19 games kicking off with a trip to former club Cardiff City in the Premier League. A 5-1 win was the first of eight in a row, which also included victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

The highlight of his interim spell came with a 3-1 away win over Paris Saint-Germain to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League having been 2-0 down on aggregate after the first leg. Two matches later he was named permanent manager, after 14 wins from 19.

Things have been slightly harder for Solskjaer since the change in role. He won just two of his first 10 games as permanent manager, losing six times to close the 2018/19 campaign.

This season has been a mixture of results with good runs accompanied by poor spells, but United have been slowly building and are currently six games unbeaten across all competitions. They are sixth in the Premier League, in the knockout stages of the Europa League and through to the Carabao Cup semi-finals.