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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's club hopeful of return but won't stand in the way of a new Manchester United deal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's club hope he will return, but won't stand in the way of a new United deal. Credit: PA

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boss says he has not spoken to Manchester United recently about the prospect of the club offering his manager a permanent job and is still hopeful he will return to Molde FK after his stint at Old Trafford.

Speaking to ITV News on Friday, Øystein Neerland said there had been no new developments on the matter.

"If these things change we will have to manage them but, so far, he is at Manchester United only until the end of the season," he added.

However, the Managing Director of Molde FK recognised that the better Manchester United do, the less likely his manager will come come back, but despite this he still wants Solskjaer to succeed.

“Ole is doing very well with the results he is getting," Mr Neerland said.

"I speak to him from time to time.

"Before the game I wish him luck and after the game I give him my congratulations.”

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and player Scott McTominay. Credit: PA

And he says he will not make life difficult if United pursue a permanent deal.

“We hope he comes back to Molde but being with Manchester United opens great possibilities for him.”

Solskjaer was brought in on an interim basis when Jose Mourinho was sacked with the agreement of the Norwegian club even though a new contract tied him to the club until 2021.

Success has certainly been felt at Manchester United since Solskjaer's arrival.

The interim manager has driven the club towards winning the majority of their most recent matches, bringing him popularity in both the locker room and on the terraces.

Solskjaer's temporary role is due to end in the summer, but few expect him to return to his Norwegian club as planned, with bookmakers' odds shortening as on-field momentum grows along with public backers.