Paul Scholes would have no issues with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becoming Manchester United manager on a permanent basis, despite the disappointing Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain. 

United's 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Tuesday was their first since Solskjaer took over as caretaker boss in the wake of Jose Mourinho's departure, with the Norwegian guiding the Red Devils to 10 wins and a draw in his first 11 games at the helm. 

Second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe has left United with a mountain to climb in the second leg of the last-16 tie, but Scholes said there was no disgrace in losing to Thomas Tuchel's men. 

"I'd have no issues whatsoever [with Solskjaer getting the job]," the former England international told the Daily Mail.

"I know people will start to question because now because he's lost a game but that was PSG. That could happen to the most experienced manager in the world because PSG are a top team.

"I think for what he's done so far he definitely deserves a chance. 

"I always knew there was talent in that squad. I think everyone did. Ole has come in with a smile on his face, put his arm around the players - there so much talent in that team. He's given them freedom and you’ve seen the results."

Solskjaer will hope for a positive response to his first setback when United travel to Stamford Bridge on Monday to face Chelsea in the FA Cup. 

Scholes is wary of a response from the Blues, who will be playing their first home match since losing 6-0 at Manchester City, but is hoping his old club can make it through to the quarter-finals. 

"Ole will want to win something as manager of United," he said. "The FA Cup, after the result against PSG, could be the only thing they could win. 

"Chelsea look in trouble at the minute. Will they bounce back themselves? Ole will have to deal with that. 

"They’ll be disappointed. Chelsea will be looking for a big recovery. From what you read it doesn't look like a happy camp at the minute so hopefully United can take advantage of that." 

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez admitted he is "worried" having failed to bring more joy to the Premier League club and their fans.

Sanchez has struggled for form and fitness since arriving from rivals Arsenal in January last year, with the 30-year-old scoring just five goals as a United player.

United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he cannot help Sanchez after the former Barcelona star's disappointing performance in Tuesday's 2-0 first-leg loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

And ahead of Monday's FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Chelsea, Sanchez said he is determined to showcase his best at Old Trafford.

"He (Solskjaer) hasn't spoken to me a great deal about what I have to do on the pitch, but I think I'm an experienced player and I think I know what I need to do and what I shouldn't do," Sanchez told the BBC.

"I'm a player that, if I'm not in contact with the ball, I lose that spark, and sometimes I want to play in every game. You're in, you're out, and I'm used to playing.

"It's not an excuse because if I go on for 10, 20 minutes, I have to perform because that's what I'm here for, to make a difference.

"I would like to have brought more joy to the club. Yes, it worries me because I believe in my abilities as a player, I want to show it."

"I don't know how people see me, but football is what I've loved from being a kid and it's my passion," Sanchez added.

Sanchez also confirmed that he was injured after an assistant referee ran into him while warming up during United's Champions League fixture against Ligue 1 holders PSG.

The Chile international underwhelmed after replacing injured team-mate Jesse Lingard on the stroke of half-time.

"The referee's assistant, when we had a counter-attack, came flying down the line, and I had my foot there and he crashed into me. Bang," Sanchez said.

"And I went back to the dugout and I said to [reserve goalkeeper] Sergio Romero: 'I've just been whacked and I'm about to go on'. I've got bruising but that's not an excuse for not being on my game in the way that I normally am."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have restored positivity at Manchester United, but Chris Smalling insists the caretaker manager has a "nasty side".

United won 10 and drew one of their first 11 games after the former striker succeeded Jose Mourinho in December, with his unbeaten run coming to an end against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Solskjaer has won praise both for improving United's standard on the pitch and for lifting the morale around Old Trafford following a tough final few months under Mourinho.

But while Smalling says he is "a joy to play under", he claims Solskjaer is not afraid to use a stricter approach when needed.

"I think he has got that sort of nasty side," Smalling told MUTV. "I think every manager has that, the so-called hairdryer treatment when things need a little turnaround. A manager has to have all different sides covered. He's a joy to play under and he's great."

United face Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday knowing that the competition represents their best chance of ending the season with silverware.

Smalling is confident of a positive result at Stamford Bridge, particularly given they were moments away from a 2-1 win in the league this season before Ross Barkley struck an injury-time equaliser.

"This year, we're making sure we get a trophy and, on Monday, we'll be going all for it," he said.

"The record at Chelsea, you're right, we've not had too many good results there but I thought, earlier in the season, we were so close to winning until the last dying seconds. In general, we played quite well there, so let's kick on and improve on that performance.

"The fact it's Monday night as well means it's got the whole world watching. They'll be looking to improve on last weekend's result [at Manchester City], as we will [after PSG], so it's a big game all around."

Smalling feels primed to play his part for the rest of the season after admitting he rushed back from a broken toe too quickly in December.

"I'm fully healed from the broken toe now. It was good to be available again on Saturday [against Fulham] and get that game under my belt," he said. 

"It's just about managing my next game and getting back up to match fitness. Hopefully, I'll be available for all the games until the end of the season.

"Through the Fulham and Arsenal [home] games, I had injections and then I had more injections for the Liverpool game [at Anfield] but it made the injury worse. So, then it was a case of getting it right and getting back as soon as I can but, first and foremost, making sure it was right."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done "quite remarkable" work at Manchester United since taking charge, according to Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola.

United won 10 and drew one of their first 11 games under the caretaker manager before Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain.

Their improved form since the departure of Jose Mourinho in December has seen United overhaul Chelsea and Arsenal in the table and move into fourth place on 51 points.

They also claimed a 3-1 FA Cup win at Emirates Stadium last month and will now meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for a place in the quarter-finals.

Zola, who earned his coaching badges alongside Solskjaer, is happy to see the former striker having such a positive impact in a difficult job.

"I am pleased, first of all," he told a news conference. "That is the first feeling that I have. I know Ole, we did the course together and I am pleased to see him doing so well.

"I knew that United weren't going through a very good moment before, but I knew the value of the team and they were going to come back.

"What Ole has done in this small amount of time is quite remarkable. He was clever, he was always interested, and you can see when someone is focusing on what they do."

Despite the loss to PSG, Zola believes United's players are enjoying their football more, which makes them daunting opponents.

"It's a classic, it's a great game," he said. "They are in a good moment and it's the sort of challenge we need right now.

"You can see they are a team at the moment who are enjoying what they are doing. They are committed, they are working as a group.

"When you have this attitude and the qualities that they have it can only be good.

"The only thing you can say is they had a very good coach before and sometimes things don't work out. The value of the team wasn't in doubt before and it is not surprising now that they are doing what they are doing."

Chelsea have won the last four cup meetings between the two teams, including last season's final, but Zola admits he did not always enjoy playing against United under Alex Ferguson.

"I have fantastic memories of him – not when I played against his team – but respect, great respect for the person and the manager," he said.

"He used to like to mark me with [Gary] Neville all the time. It was not very pleasant for me. I didn't like it.

"It’s always been a fantastic game, very competitive. It's a game that both sets of supporters feel a lot."

Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are facing two to three weeks out due to injury, Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

The forwards each suffered injuries in the first half of the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Solskjaer believes both could be out for the rest of February, meaning they will miss Monday's FA Cup clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and the meeting with Premier League leaders Liverpool next Sunday.

Youngster Mason Greenwood is also unlikely to be used as a replacement as he too is injured.

"I think they'll be out for two to three weeks," Solskjaer told a news conference when asked about Martial and Lingard.

"Then you're looking at young players: Mason Greenwood, it's your time to step in, and he's injured unfortunately, out for a couple of weeks as well.

"Sometimes that's how the luck goes, but Mason will get his chance."

In addition to games against Chelsea and Liverpool, Martial and Lingard could miss Premier League games against Crystal Palace and Southampton on February 27 and March 2.

They will face a battle to be fit for the return leg of the PSG tie at Parc des Princes on March 6.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to entertain questions over his long-term ambitions at Manchester United on the eve of what could prove to be a defining period of his tenure.

Solskjaer has led United to 10 victories in 11 unbeaten matches under his management since succeeding Jose Mourinho until the end of this season.

Paris Saint-Germain visit Old Trafford in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, with a trip to Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup and a Premier League home match versus title-chasing Liverpool to come before the end of the month.

Success in those fixtures would be seen by many as a water-tight case for Solskjaer to become United manager on a permanent basis, but he told a pre-match news conference he does not view the matter in such straightforward terms.

"Yes, it's too simple [to say that]," he said, a chuckle belying an apparent weariness over the topic.

"You need to change the script now. There's still a few more months left of this season to do whatever we need to do."

Solskjaer was contrastingly enthused when addressing the type of fixture he typically revelled in during his playing days under Alex Ferguson.

"The supporters and players have been looking forward to these nights because they are special," he said. "My last one was when we beat Roma 7-1 [in 2007]. I came on. It was a typical Old Trafford night.

"We lost 2-1 away from home but the manager was so happy. He was so confident in our ability. We just want to go into this game confident and raise our game."

Edinson Cavani is expected to join Neymar on the sidelines for PSG, heightening the sense of a tie very much in the balance.

Nevertheless, Solskjaer believes Thomas Tuchel's men now possess an element of surprise and represent a stern test to his in-form side.

"Of course any team that are missing players like Neymar, Cavani and [Thomas] Meunier will feel the effect," he added.

"But that gives the other players a chance. It makes it more unpredictable for us [to know] who they are going to play.

"When you see them over the season you know what to expect. This time around we are guessing a little bit how they are going to come and play.

"But we've got a good guesstimate on how they are approaching this game."

New Oldham Athletic manager Paul Scholes did not think he would turn to coaching at the end of his playing career, according to former Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Scholes was confirmed as the new boss of the League Two side on Monday in what is his first full-time managerial post.

The United great won 20 major trophies in a glittering playing career, but has spent much of his time since retiring in 2013 as a television pundit, while he has also been part of the 'Class of 92' consortium that owns a controlling stake in Salford City.

Solskjaer says Scholes will need to watch out for pundit criticism now he has decided to take up a manager job, but he anticipates the ex-England star will do well.

"Watch the pundits, because he's been asking for it and now he's walking in!" said the United caretaker manager. "But it's fantastic to have Scholesy back in the game because he was a fantastic player to play with, a great personality.

"It's a challenge for him. I know it wasn't what he thought he was going to do when he was a player, but you know that drug with football, when you don't get it...

"Paul is one of them: he just loves football. And we'll be watching, definitely. He's just around the corner anyway, so it will be good to watch Oldham."

After being appointed by Oldham Athletic, Paul Scholes becomes the latest former Manchester United star to have played under Alex Ferguson and gone on to become a manager.

Their record is mixed but the strong start made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since taking temporary charge at Old Trafford shows why Ferguson's old pupils continue to be in such strong demand.

Unlike former England team-mates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, Scholes has opted for a low-key start to life as a manager by taking charge of his boyhood club.

The list of Ferguson's former players to have stepped into the dugout is a long one but here are some of the biggest names to have tried their luck.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Saturday's 3-0 win at Fulham gave Solskjaer 10 wins from 11 unbeaten games since replacing Jose Mourinho at United. He is making an excellent case to be given the job on a permanent basis, although Mauricio Pochettino continues to be linked with the role. Solskjaer flopped in his previous Premier League job at Cardiff City but rebuilt his reputation in his homeland Norway with Molde.

Bryan Robson

One of United's greatest players, Robson has been unable to hit the same heights as a manager. His career started well at Middlesbrough, but after seven years in charge he was replaced by Ferguson's assistant, Steve McClaren. Robson made little impression in subsequent spells at Bradford City, West Brom and Sheffield United – although he did mastermind Albion's remarkable escape from Premier League relegation in 2005-06 - and was last employed as a club manager in 2008. The 62-year-old led Thailand between 2009 and 2011.

Paul Ince

Ince has claimed he could have done a similar stabilising job at United to Solskjaer but little in his record suggests that is realistic. After a spell as player-coach at Swindon Town, Ince broke out on his own at Macclesfield Town in 2006, steering the club away from being relegated out of the Football League. That earned him a chance at MK Dons, where he won both the Football League Trophy and the League Two title, before taking charge at Blackburn Rovers. But he lasted only six months in the Premier League and a return to MK Dons fell flat, as did subsequent stints at Notts County and Blackpool.

Steve Bruce

Bruce has carved out a reputation as a reliable Championship manager and recently took charge of Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls will hope he can add to his strong record, with two promotions to the Premier League at Birmingham City and another couple at Hull City, while he also led the Tigers into Europe. Bruce had solid spells at Wigan Athletic and Sunderland, although he left his previous club, Aston Villa, shortly after one fan threw a cabbage at him.

Mark Hughes

Former Wales boss Hughes established Blackburn Rovers as a top-half Premier League side during the 2000s, taking them into the UEFA Cup. The ex-Barcelona and Chelsea forward was headhunted by Manchester City in 2008 but sacked the following December. He bounced back at Fulham by finishing eighth but cut short his tenure in 2011, citing his status as "a young, ambitious manager" as a reason for moving on - something struggles at Queens Park Rangers underlined as being ill-advised.

The 55-year-old was consistent at Stoke City, with three consecutive ninth-place finishes from 2013 to 2016, but progress stagnated and he was axed prior to their relegation last season. Hughes is without a job after lasting eight months at Southampton.

Gary Neville

Former United captain Neville surprisingly left a lucrative and high-profile broadcasting position in December 2015 for his first managerial job. A close friend and confidante of Valencia owner Peter Lim, the United great's tenure came to an undignified end following dire results amid fan vitriol. Neville was sacked in March after just 10 wins from 28 matches in all competitions. The 43-year-old has returned to punditry and he remains heavily involved at non-league Salford City alongside Lim, brother Phil Neville, Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and David Beckham.

Roy Keane

Irishman Keane, who captained United and won 17 major titles at Old Trafford, was appointed Sunderland manager shortly after retiring in 2006. His impact was immediate, taking the club from 23rd in the Championship to Premier League promotion. That Wearside romance fizzled out and Ipswich Town were next for Keane, who started the 2009-10 season with no wins from their first 14 matches. Assistant positions with Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa followed but concerns over his no-nonsense approach persist. He has now re-joined former Ireland boss Martin O'Neill at Nottingham Forest.

Ryan Giggs

When David Moyes was sacked in 2014, many viewed Giggs as the ideal long-term replacement at United. The most decorated British player in history was named interim player-manager for the final four matches of the season and he recorded two wins, a draw and a defeat before the United board turned to Louis van Gaal. Retained as an assistant manager to the Dutchman, many tipped Giggs as his successor in Manchester but again he was overlooked in favour of Jose Mourinho in 2016. That snub led him to finally leave Old Trafford and he succeeded Chris Coleman as Wales manager last year.

DC United striker Wayne Rooney believes he is still good enough to play in the Premier League.

England and Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer swapped Everton for MLS by signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with DC in June.

The forward struggled for form after returning to his boyhood club Everton in 2017 in a deal that sent Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford.

However, the 33-year-old helped lead DC from the bottom of the Eastern Conference and into the play-offs, scoring 12 goals and supplying six assists in 21 appearances.

"If I'm being honest, I know quality wise, I can still play in the Premier League," Rooney told CNN Sport.

"I know that. I've always been a confident person, and so I have high expectations of myself.

"I've come here expecting to do well and I think there was a surprise from people who have their opinions, which is fair enough, but I never doubted myself at all."

Rooney was let go from Manchester United by Jose Mourinho, and he reiterated his belief that Mauricio Pochettino should be employed as the Portuguese's replacement.

But he thinks interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be a good option if he maintains the form that has seen him go unbeaten in his first 10 matches at the helm, winning nine.

"Ole Gunnar's a fantastic person," said Rooney.

"I think the club will have a decision to make at the end of the season, and it'd be nice to see Ole continue with this form and get a shot at the job on a permanent basis.

"But if not, if the club go to choose someone else, then I think in my opinion Pochettino would be the right guy."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United are equipped to deal with a challenging February schedule.

The Red Devils are yet to lose since Solskjaer was named caretaker boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December, winning eight and drawing one of his nine games in charge.

United's strong run is sure to be put to the test in the coming month, with Premier League fixtures against Leicester City and Fulham preceding the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

That fixture is followed by an FA Cup fifth-round clash at Chelsea before a blockbuster encounter with fierce rivals Liverpool on February 24.

But Solskjaer is sure United are up for the challenge.

"It's [the squad] very equipped, we've had now six weeks together, found out what strengths and weaknesses we've got," he said.

"We've risen to most of the challenges, maybe the setback of the Burnley goals we conceded will make us move to the next level because we've given ourselves a chance now to get into the top four earlier than we thought.

"We start with this game against Leicester, Fulham away as well and then the three big ones with PSG, Liverpool and Chelsea.

"Then you think that's done and it's Crystal Palace away. It's a tough month but we're ready, I've got a big squad, it's only Marcos Rojo now who's out for a period."

United head to the King Power Stadium on the back of a comeback 2-2 draw against Burnley on Tuesday, the first time they have dropped points under Solskjaer.

The Foxes earned a fine 1-1 draw at leaders Liverpool and have also beaten Chelsea and Manchester City this season, and Solskjaer is aware of the difficulty Claude Puel's side pose.

"I watched Leicester's game Wednesday night," Solskjaer added. "They're a team full of energy and pace.

"Obviously they defend well, they drop back and defend so it's hard to break them down and they've got the pace up front with Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Demarai Gray, Marc Albrighton. So, it's going to be a tough challenge but we like challenges."

Anthony Martial has saluted the influence of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in helping him "take my game to the next level" after signing a new long-term contract at Manchester United.

United confirmed on Thursday that the France international has agreed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2024, while they have the option to extend it by another season.

Martial is enjoying a strong season, having scored eight times in 18 matches after finding himself in and out of the team in the previous two campaigns.

The winger's relationship with former manager Jose Mourinho was said to be particularly fractious, as he reportedly tried to sell Martial in pre-season and routinely left him out of the side last season and the year before.

Although Martial appeared to win Mourinho over before his sacking, playing particularly well at the start of the season, the talented former Monaco attacker believes it is Solskjaer who has moved his game on.

Speaking to United's official website, Martial said: "I am loving my time at this club. From the day I joined I have been made to feel part of the United family and I have been incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the warmth and love of our fans, who continue to amaze me with their support.

"I would like to thank Ole and his coaching staff for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level.

"This club is all about winning trophies and I am sure the next piece of silverware is not that far away."

Interim manager Solskjaer may only be at the club until the end of the season, but he is excited about Martial's future with United, convinced the forward is in the right place to make the most of his potential.

"Anthony is one of those naturally gifted players that any coach would love to work with," Solskjaer said.

"For a young man, he has a good footballing brain which, when coupled with his exceptional talent, makes for a player with an exciting future ahead of him.

"This is the perfect club for Anthony to progress his development as a top-class forward and we are all delighted he has signed a long-term deal."

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not know what the future holds for Marouane Fellaini as the midfielder continues to be linked with a move to China.

Fellaini is reportedly set to swap the Premier League for the Chinese Super League – Shandong Luneng believed to be the 31-year-old's next destination.

The Belgian was trusted by former United boss Jose Mourinho and his predecessor Louis van Gaal, having followed David Moyes to Old Trafford from Everton in 2013, however, his days in Manchester appear numbered.

Asked if there was an update on Fellaini's future following Tuesday's last-gasp 2-2 draw at home to Burnley, Solskjaer told reporters: "To be honest, no.

"I've been busy all day, so I don't know the latest update on that one so just wait and see."

Fellaini has made 21 appearances in all competitions for United this season, scoring twice.

However, the Belgium international has not featured since United's FA Cup third-round victory over Reading on January 5.

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he wanted to win trophies, not just finish in the top four, this season.

Romelu Lukaku showed his psychic abilities by predicting that Manchester United team-mate Alexis Sanchez would score against Arsenal in Friday's FA Cup showdown.

Sanchez broke the deadlock in a 3-1 win over his former club, with Lukaku having played a key role in the Chilean's goal.

And the Belgium international insisted he saw it coming.

"I told him in training, 'Listen, you're going to score'," Lukaku told MUTV.

"I said to him I'd give him the ball as long as he ran inside if I couldn't shoot. I said to him, 'Just run in and I'll find you'. 

"I think you could see when I got the ball I was looking for him and he made the right run and the finish for him was incredible.

"We knew they would leave space for me and Alexis with the full-backs pushing on, so it would end up being 3 v 3 or 3 v 2 and we had a lot of moments when we could have countered better, especially in the second half.

"I think we could have scored two or three more goals to be honest, but 3-1 at Arsenal is very good."

The result saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extend his remarkable run at the helm to eight consecutive victories and Lukaku urged his team-mates to maintain those high standards.

"We feel great but it's the same in training," he said.

"We play a lot of games in a lot of competitions and every time you come into the games you know the situations and you have to keep on maintaining the pressure on the other team and keep on delivering the quality, that's what it's about, and on the counter-attack we're really dangerous.

"We're growing steadily and winning games, which is the most important thing."

Next up for United is the visit of Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday. 

Manchester United added another counter-attacking masterclass to the history books in their encounters against Arsenal in Friday's FA Cup fourth-round win, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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