Prices on Ole Gunnar Solskjær becoming manager of Manchester United on a permanent basis have been revised downwards today after a sixth consecutive victory by the Reds against Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.
The 1-0 away result arguably ranks as United’s most impressive since Mourinho’s departure in mid-December. And it was largely owed to goal-keeper David De Gea whose performance in North London demonstrated once more why he is generally considered to be the best goalkeeper in the world. “He is challenging Edwin (van der Sar) and Peter (Schmeichel) for the historical number one spot,” stated Solskjær in the post-match interview.
The Norwegian is now listed as low as 1/100 with at least one bookmaker (Smarkets) to be handed a full-time role and, according to the latest data from OddsChecker, has emerged for the first time as the outright favourite amongst all British bookmakers for the appointment.
Some bookies, including Bet365, have closed all markets on the outcome.
Whilst most commentators have been simply attributing Man Utd’s recent change in form to Mourinho’s departure, there is little doubt that there has been a radical improvement in the type of game being played by the Reds as well as in the attitude of the team’s highest profile players, notably Paul Pogba.
And the Solskjær effect has had an impact on a number of other markets, with Manchester United now being quoted at 2/1 by some bookies to achieve a top four finish at the end of the season, revised downwards from 3/1 before heading into this weekend’s fixture list, helped by West Ham’s 1-0 defeat of fifth-placed Arsenal on Saturday.