Gary Neville hopes Manchester United appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today

Neville tweeted: "Let’s hope for a snap announcement today!!"

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Image: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the running to be appointed Manchester United manager on a permanent basis

Gary Neville hopes Manchester United to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their permanent manager today.

Solskjaer has transformed the fortunes of the club since replacing Jose Mourinho in December on a temporary basis.

He has guided United to 10 wins in 13 Premier League games, while also masterminding their impressive 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after the tie finished 3-3.

Former Manchester United defender Neville tweeted his backing for Solskjaer's appointment on Thursday morning.

United host Watford on Saturday as they resume their battle for a Premier League top-four spot before taking on Wolves at Molineux next Wednesday, live on Sky Sports.

Manchester United's remaining fixtures

March 30, 3pm Watford (H)
April 2, 7.45pm Wolves (A) - live on Sky Sports
April 10, 8pm Barcelona (H)
April 13, 5.30pm West Ham (H)
April 16, 8pm Barcelona (A)
April 21, 1.30pm Everton (A) - live on Sky Sports
April 24, 8pm Manchester City (H) - live on Sky Sports
April 28, 4.30pm Chelsea (H) - live on Sky Sports
May 4, 3pm Huddersfield (A)
May 12, 3pm Cardiff City (H)
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'Solskjaer deserves Man Utd job'

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Andy Cole says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a huge impact since replacing Jose Mourinho

Meanwhile, Andy Cole thinks Solskjaer has galvanised Manchester United and deserves the job on a full-time basis.

I would give him the job," said former United striker Cole. "When he came to the club I could see why they were doing it, but we've got to be all brutally honest - I don't think anyone could have sat here and said he would do as well as he has.

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"He has gone in, he has galvanised the club, they've got results at the right time."

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Cole acknowledged United have recently suffered a blip in form, losing to Arsenal in the Premier League and being knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves, but he insisted performances have remained encouraging during this period.

"Fair enough, they have lost the last couple, but I just think he is trying to get Manchester United playing the way they used to play - attractive football, scoring goals and being entertaining," Cole added.

"His staff have had a lot to do it with as well. Bringing Mike Phelan back was essential."

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Mourinho's dismissal came after United collected just 26 points from their first 17 games, while the Portuguese's brand of football was widely criticised.

It saw Mourinho become the third United manager to be dismissed following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013.

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Image: Sir Alex Ferguson Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United

"We all know this is possibly the most important appointment since Sir Alex left," Cole said. "When people are talking about Manchester United finishing in the top four of the Premier League and it's time to celebrate, I am scratching my head.

"That's not something to celebrate. It is Manchester United. For me you celebrate winning the league, getting to the European Cup final or winning the FA Cup, or whatever.

"It's a massive appointment and if Ole does get the job, no doubt he will know just how tough it is to try and propel the club forward and be competing with Manchester City and Liverpool."

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