That’s the verdict of ESPN pundit Craig Burley, who says the only other way Solskjaer will land the job is if other experienced candidates for the job aren’t available.
The Norwegian has been a revelation in the Old Trafford hot-seat after replacing Jose Mourinho on an interim basis in mid-December.
He avoided defeat in his first 12 Premier League games, while masterminding a dramatic comeback away at PSG in the last-16 of the Champions League that saw United become the first ever team to overturn a two-goal deficit away from home in a second leg.
The club now have to decide whether Solskjaer deserves to take the reins permanently, but Burley feels Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino – who has long been linked with a move to United – has one advantage over the former Red Devils striker.
“He’s done an amazing job,” he told ESPN FC.
“Smile on his face, honest in his press conferences, the players have responded to him, the fans, the club – everybody’s in a great place.
“However, if this club does its due diligence properly, then it has to look at the fact he’s never taken a club and taken it through a couple of transfer windows and restructured a team.
“Mauricio Pochettino, and whilst there will be those out there who say ‘well he hasn’t won anything’, he has restructured Tottenham Hotspur in such a case where they’ve been fighting for a league, which they haven’t won, they’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and they play hell of a good football.”
Burley’s comments came after it was claimed:
“The only way I can see Solskjaer getting it is if they go unbeaten ‘till the end of the season”
He continued: “The only way I can see Solskjaer getting it is if they go unbeaten ‘till the end of the season, particularly in the league.
“Or the experienced candidates that are out there are either unwilling or unavailable and United can’t get them.”
Solskjaer suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time as United manager in a 2-1 FA Cup defeat away at Wolves on Saturday.
Raul Jimenez fired the home side in front 20 minutes from time, before Diogo Jalot sealed the victory six minutes later.
Marcus Rashford did pull one back for United deep into stoppage time, but it was too little too late and Nuno Espirito Santo’s men progressed to the semi-finals.
United now only have to worry about the Champions League and securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.
As for Wolves, they drew Premier League champions Manchester City in the last four.