Would Manchester United prefer Solskjaer to Moyes?

Manchester United legend and treble winner Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed manager of Cardiff City leaving some Red Devils fans thinking of what could have been, or what could still be…

A browse on Twitter on Thursday following the appointment of Solskjaer at Cardiff to replace Malky Mackay and the defeat of Manchester United 2-1 by Tottenham at Old Trafford unsurprisingly throws up a number of interesting opinions.

Younas Kahn: why was Ferguson gone for #Moyes when solskjaer was Available? #MUFC

…asked one bemused United fan. The Norwegian’s appointment at Cardiff certainly does beg the question why wasn’t he considered to take the reigns from Sir Alex Ferguson at the champions?

Derrick: #Solskjaer has won more trophies thn #Moyes..#ccfc #mufc”

As this fan points out, the 40-year-old former Red Devils striker won the Norwegian Premier League titles twice in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012 as well as the Norwegian Football Cup in 2013 with former club Molde FK. Incidentally, as the manager of Manchester United Reserves under Ferguson’s reign between 2008 and 2011, Solskjaer won the Premier Reserve League in 2009/10 as well as the Lancashire Senior Cup back in 2008/09.

Moath ALManayas: Are Moyes's days numbered? #solskjaer #mufc”

This is the next question, of course – could Solskjaer be planning to prepare himself to take charge of United in the future and, if so, how soon could that be?

Sean: can't we swap Solskjaer for Moyes”

It’s unlikely to happen this year given that Moyes has signed a contract that runs until the summer of 2019 which, apart from the upheavle it would cause if he were to be replaced in that time, the money it would take to cancel his contract would be very costly indeed.

Corey Fielder: Very clever move from Solskjaer. Getting himself right in the running for that united job if Moyes carries on messing up.”

As this fan points out perhaps the United favourite is strategically positioning himself right under the noses of the powers that be at Old Trafford so that when the time comes for a change up top, he’s the first port of call to take over.

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