Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed Manchester United's new manager on a permanent basis, the Premier League club have announced. 

Nemanja Matic has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get Manchester United back on track after consecutive defeats and wants the crowd favourite to remain as manager for the long term.

United lost 2-1 to Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, six days on from their first domestic defeat of Solskjaer's tenure at Arsenal in the Premier League.

They remain well placed in a top-four battle they looked set to observe from a distance during the final days of Jose Mourinho's reign, while the Champions League quarter-final draw has thrown up a mouth-watering showdown with Barcelona.

"I am sure the manager will turn this situation around and we will do better," Matic said, as quoted by United's official website.

"I want Ole to stay. He is a great manager, very positive.

"We have to give our best now to reach the top four. We cannot let it go like this."

Matic added: "Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham will give their best to be in the top four. Everybody knows that.

"If you see that two months ago we were 11 points behind Chelsea, then now we are in a much better position. We have eight finals to play for us so we have to learn from this defeat."

Arsenal occupy fourth spot in the Premier League and are two points ahead of United with eight games remaining after their potentially pivotal win over Solskjaer's side at Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea are a point further back in sixth following their 2-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday, while third-placed Tottenham are a point better off than Arsenal but must still have to travel to both Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised Manchester United fans the team will be back to their best after the international break, following "the poorest performance" since the Norwegian took over.

United struggled to mount a threat on goal as they lost 2-1 away to Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, as Solskjaer – who replaced Jose Mourinho in December – suffered consecutive defeats for the first time at the helm. 

The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 at Arsenal in their most recent Premier League outing, bringing them back down to earth after a remarkable 3-1 victory away to Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the Champions League's round of 16, a result that saw them progress to the last eight on away goals.

Addressing reporters following the insipid performance at Molineux, Solskjaer was asked if he had a message for United supporters.

"[We'll be] ready to go again after [the] internationals," he said.

"Man United in April and May, always find our form, we can't wait for the challenge for this and big nights like when Barcelona come, we've got so many highlights to look forward to," he added, referring to a tie against the Catalan giants in the Champions League quarter-finals.

"The players? Don't worry about their attitude because when they come back again we'll give it a good go."

Goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota in the space of six second-half minutes put Wolves in control of the tie in the West Midlands, with Marcus Rashford's goal in injury time coming too late for United to trigger a comeback.

Solskjaer said: "That's the poorest performance since I came here, a lack of urgency forward, lack of forward passing, lack of regains, the international break sometimes comes in handy and maybe now we would have loved to play again and put it right.

"But hopefully some will have good experiences with the national teams, some will have a few days off, train hard here and get ready to push again.

"We're in a great position in the league, got the Champions League, so very disappointing tonight we're not in the semis."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Wolves as a "big step backwards".

The Red Devils were entirely outplayed by Nuno Espirito Santo's side, who scored second-half goals through Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota to seal a last-four spot.

Marcus Rashford scored a consolation goal deep into stoppage time, but it was too little, too late for an insipid United side, who have won lost back-to-back games after their heroic Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

Solskjaer had no complaints with the result and was left to bemoan his side's poor passing and inability to break their hosts down.

"We started too slowly and played into their hands," he told BBC Sport.

"Our possession wasn't bright enough and quick enough, so it's disappointing.

"I didn't think we had enough quality in the last third, enough combination play. We had decent dominance with the ball in the first half but that doesn't help if you give the ball away and they can counter.

"This was a big step backwards, mainly because of the quality of the possession and the passing."

Nuno, meanwhile, was delighted with his side's display and hailed their "composure" as they booked a first FA Cup semi-final appearance since the 1997-98 season.

"I'm very proud of the players," he said.

"We had composure, shape, and good running. Very well done to the boys and it was a fantastic atmosphere.

"It means a lot because we know how big Wolves were in the 1950s and 1960s and there are people in the stadium who have memories of that.

"To try to achieve the same is much, much harder now but we will try step by step. We will respect everybody in the semi-finals."

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not rule out a move for Gareth Bale, insisting the Premier League giants should look to sign "quality players".

Bale is facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid following the return of head coach Zinedine Zidane, having struggled to cement himself in the Frenchman's starting XI prior to his departure in May.

Zidane is tipped to overhaul the struggling LaLiga side amid speculation over Paris Saint-Germain duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, as well as Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

United have long been linked with former Tottenham star Bale and Old Trafford could be a possible destination for the Wales forward, who has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season.

Addressing the Bale rumours ahead of Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final clash at Wolves, Solskjaer told reporters: "I can't really comment on Gareth Bale or specific players because they're property of other clubs.

"But we should look for quality players, definitely, and players who could improve us as a team. 

"There's so many factors you need to think about when you sign players.

"It's easy when you're in the media or when you're a supporter, you can think short-term. We've got to think about the longevity as well, who's going to fit in personality-wise.

"There's so many things that we need to think about."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Manchester United's performance in their defeat to Arsenal last weekend, insisting that they were not "s***".

United had won all nine of their away matches under Solskjaer until their trip to Emirates Stadium, where goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck a blow in the top-four battle.

The Red Devils carved out a number of clear opportunities of their own but were unable to find a way past home goalkeeper Bernd Leno.  

Despite the defeat, Solskjaer – whose side travel to Wolves for an FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday – has no issues with United's performance and believes they were unlucky to lose.

"You're always measured on results but we played a good game against Arsenal," he told a media conference.

"We've played so much worse and won games and that's the strange thing when you're a manager.

"You can look behind the result and say that was a good performance, but we didn't get what we deserved. It's so strange, the Arsenal one.

"We were very disappointed in the result, it hurts more than anything, but we can't look at the performance and say we were s***, because we weren't, to be honest and blunt."

Solskjaer's former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes left his position as Oldham Athletic manager on Friday after just a month in charge and the Norwegian has opened the door for him to come and talk about his experiences.

"He's probably got his reasons why he left, so you've got to ask him," he added.

"He's invited here if he wants to come and have a little chat about it. We've texted and it didn't work out, that's just management."

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not completely convinced Alexis Sanchez will rediscover his best form but remains hopeful.

Sanchez arrived at Old Trafford from Arsenal last January in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way.

While the Armenia international has steadily carved out a niche for himself in London, impressing in particular over the last six weeks, Sanchez has been a significant flop at United.

The Chilean has scored just seven goals in all competitions and very rarely resembled the player he was when at his best in an Arsenal or Barcelona jersey.

A knee injury forced his withdrawal against Southampton, a match in which United improved and went on to win after his substitution, but Solskjaer retains hope he can get through his difficult start to life at Old Trafford when he returns to action next month.

"I hope so," Solskjaer told reporters when asked if Sanchez can get back to his best.

"You can never be 100 per cent sure, but Alexis is such a determined lad, he loves football and is doing everything he can to get back and show his best side.

"He's coming back on Sunday. He's not been on grass yet [since his injury], he's been seeing his people in Barcelona.

"He's still a few weeks away, so if we get to about Everton, [Manchester] City, Chelsea [matches], that period, he'll probably be available."

Sanchez is just one of a host of United players to have suffered with injuries of late.

Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera have been back in training following their respective issues, but Romelu Lukaku is a doubt for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Wolves.

"He [Lukaku] has had a sore foot this week," Solskjaer revealed. "He's being assessed, so hopefully he'll get through [training] today [Friday].

"Phil Jones is back, there have been so many players out. Anthony [Martial] is back, Ander [Herrera] has been training, Jesse [Lingard] has been training, so we've got a decision to make [on Saturday] about who's match-fit."

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes David de Gea remembers the club's "belief" in him as negotiations over a new contract continue.

United have already activated an option to extend the Spain international's contract until the end of next season but have so far been unable to agree a long-term deal.

De Gea joined United in 2011 for a British record fee for a goalkeeper in an £18.9million switch from Atletico Madrid.

Despite initially struggling to adapt to the Premier League, he has since developed into one of the world's best goalkeepers and has won United's player of the season award in four out of the last five years.

Solskjaer was fulsome in his praise of the 28-year-old but wants him to consider what the club have done for him as contract talks rumble on.

"The club and David are in dialogue, hopefully they'll agree," he told a media conference ahead of United's Premier League clash with Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday. "It's out of my hands but I'm sure we'll do what we can.

"David's done fantastic since he came. The club really showed how much they wanted him back in the day when Eric [Steele, United's former goalkeeping coach] and the gaffer [Alex Ferguson] found him.

"There were probably keepers better at that time but the belief the manager showed in him paid dividends.

"He's been player of the year I don't know how many years, we're grateful to have him."

When asked to compare De Gea with previous United goalkeeping greats Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar, Solskjaer added: "It's difficult to compare them, but Edwin and Peter were never player of the year.

"David's contributed so many points over the years for us and I would say he's the best goalkeeper in the world. Peter was at the time and Edwin at the time as well.

"I'm delighted with David and his personality is fantastic."

Solskjaer, meanwhile, confirmed that Marcus Rashford is likely to start against Southampton after only being fit enough to make a 13-minute cameo from the substitutes' bench in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

The England international picked up a knock on his ankle during last weekend's 0-0 draw with Liverpool, but United boss Solskjaer said: "He still felt it on Wednesday, but he'll be ready. I'll probably start him."

Solskjaer also revealed that the game will likely come too soon for Anthony Martial, who is recovering from a groin strain, and that United's squad will be similar to the one that travelled to Selhurst Park in midweek.

Jurgen Klopp believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a "brilliant job" at Manchester United and has shown that he is cut out for a top management job.

Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in December, with the former United favourite taking the reins on an interim basis until the end of the season.

And the Norwegian's return to Manchester has prompted a huge upturn in the club's fortunes, as United have lost just once - against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League - during his short reign.

He will face a stern test against Liverpool on Sunday but has the backing of his opposite number, who recognises the progress made under Solskjaer.

"We are not magicians. It's not like we can come in and say: 'You are good but I can make you really good'," Klopp told Sky Sports. "We are blessed with really good players around us.

"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a brilliant job. It's all about bringing out the potential, bringing out the team's quality. That's what he's obviously done and it makes him the manager of a top club.

"That's how it is, but I'm not surprised.

"I didn't know him - I met him one time last year and we had a little chat - I obviously only knew him as a player. But what he's done so far has been brilliant."

Romelu Lukaku is willing to adapt to different roles in order to win back his place as a regular starter at Manchester United.

Following his £75million arrival from Everton last season, Belgium international Lukaku was one of the first names on Jose Mourinho's team sheet, operating as a lone front man.

The 25-year-old's form dwindled this term and he has often operated as a substitute since caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Mourinho at the helm, the Norwegian opting for a more expansive attacking approach that has got the best out of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, among others.

But injuries suffered by Martial and Jesse Lingard during last week's Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain opened the door to Lukaku, who operated in a front two alongside Rashford as United dispatched Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to progress to the FA Cup quarter finals.

The midfield diamond deployed by Solskjaer placed an onus on Rashford and Lukaku to rove into wide areas – a task the hulking forward has previously excelled in for Everton and Belgium.

Asked what Solskjaer brings to United after a stunning run of 11 wins from 13 games, Lukaku simply told reporters: "We score more goals.

"I can play however the manager needs me to, if it's alone or with Marcus behind me or out wide. As long as the manager needs me, I'm ready to play.

"You just have to be professional and give it our best when your chance comes. That's my mindset and I'm just taking it a day at a time."

One United player whose stock is unquestionably on the rise is centre-back Victor Lindelof.

The Sweden international struggled in his debut season in the Premier League last time around but is an increasingly assured presence at the heart of the defence and impressed again versus Chelsea.

"I think he has adapted really well," Lukaku said. "Last year was a bit of an introduction year but now he's really settled in. He's improving a lot and hopefully he can keep going."

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Paul Pogba is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world following his performance in the FA Cup fifth-round victory at Chelsea.

United star Pogba scored a goal and set up another as he was named man of the match in Monday's impressive 2-0 win away to Chelsea.

Pogba teed up Herrera for the opening goal in the 31st minute before the World Cup winner got on the scoresheet with a towering header on the stroke of half-time.

The 25-year-old, who was sent off against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, has been directly involved in 15 goals since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December – scoring nine goals and tallying six assists.

"He had a tough game against PSG but he was probably our best player then," Solskjaer told reporters. "He had two or three players around him all the time.

"Tonight [Monday] was a great response, playing against one of the best defensive midfielders in the world with [N'Golo] Kante next to him.

"We know he's one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. He has vision, so the cross for Ander's goal was fantastic.

"Then the way he plays the ball out to Marcus [Rashford] and gets into the box for the second was fantastic, too."

On telling Pogba to push wider on the pitch at Stamford Bridge, Solskjaer said: "You want him to see and find space. He and Ander were allowed more freedom to roam forward, and we needed more arrivals in the box with Marcus and Romelu [Lukaku] being a bit wider as well."

While Pogba was named the pick of the bunch, Herrera produced another fine display for Solskjaer's side.

Herrera has established himself as an ever-present in the starting XI and he earned praise from his Norwegian boss.

"His energy and tenaciousness is vital for us," Solskjaer said. "That's why he plays almost every game. He has loads of energy, covers the right-hand side, runs forward.

"Tonight you can't just praise one. It's 11 players, plus the subs. But Ander has done fantastic."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Manchester United's FA Cup fifth-round win against Chelsea as "massive" following their loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

United's unbeaten run under caretaker manager Solskjaer was ended by PSG in the first leg of their last-16 tie last week but the Red Devils responded with a comfortable 2-0 away victory over Chelsea on Monday.

Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba guided United to their 11th win in 13 matches in all competitions following Solskjaer's appointment in December.

"Massive [result], of course," Solskjaer told reporters. "You want to see a reaction.

"The players have been brilliant in training. We were quite confident going into this game that we had found the right team selection and temperament.

"There's a balance between being too eager after losing a game, so today was brilliant."

Herrera opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark at Stamford Bridge, where Pogba added a second on the stroke of half-time as United – who lost to Chelsea in last season's FA Cup final – beat the Blues away from home for the first time since 2012.

With Wolves awaiting in the quarter-finals, Solskjaer added: "We lost the final to Chelsea last year. My last game was a loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final. Last time we beat them in the Cup was 20 years ago, apparently. We want to get to the final.

"It'll be a tough away game against Wolves, but it seems like both we and our fans love the away games. It didn't feel like an away game with that support behind the goal."

United, who have only lost once since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho, are fourth in the Premier League and a point above sixth-placed Chelsea ahead of Sunday's visit of Liverpool.

Asked if United have gained a psychological advantage over Chelsea in the league following Monday's triumph, Solskjaer said: "We've got to build on the positives tonight. We play Liverpool next week, but Chelsea, Arsenal and us will fight for that fourth position.

"There are three good teams fighting for that one position. But this was about getting through to the next round."

Maurizio Sarri insists he is not worried about jeers and abuse directed at him from Chelsea fans, but is increasingly concerned by results after Monday's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.

Chelsea initially looked the brighter of the two sides at Stamford Bridge, but United soon improved and were good value for the lead when Ander Herrera headed in a Paul Pogba cross in the 31st minute.

Pogba then got on the end of a Marcus Rashford delivery just before half-time, and although Chelsea piled forward in the second half, they never looked like clawing their way back.

It was Chelsea's third defeat in five matches across all competitions, heaping even more pressure on Sarri, who was the subject of jeers and explicit chants from some of the home support.

But Sarri says he is not worried about fan opinions or even being under pressure, just results.

"No, I was worried when I was in the second division in Italy, not now," he told reporters.

"I am worried about the result, not about the fans. I can understand the situation because the result wasn't good.

"We are out of the FA Cup so I can understand [fan reactions]. I am worried about our results."

Although results have been poor, there have been few media reports of player discontent at Chelsea, with most suggesting Sarri retains the backing his squad, something he also believes.

"I think so," he said when asked if the players are behind him. "I am not sure, but I think so.

"The situation with the players is really good for their relationship, but the relationship is not so important. It's important to play and get the results."

Sarri is adamant he is not giving talk of pressure much thought, reiterating that he is focusing on trying to improve things rather than the threat of losing his job.

"It [being given time by Chelsea's hierarchy] is not my problem, my problem is to work to improve in a few days, [show] more determination and aggressiveness, because we conceded the second goal without that," he said.

"It's very easy [to improve the mood]. If we can win three or four matches in a row, it will be easy. It's difficult to win five in a row."

Paul Pogba highlighted the importance of mutual trust between Manchester United's players and interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Monday's 2-0 FA Cup win at Chelsea.

United went into the match at Stamford Bridge on the back of a 2-0 defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, seemingly dooming their European campaign.

With that losss came the pressure to bounce back immediately, though few would have been expectant given United's record of not winning any of their last nine games at Stamford Bridge.

But Solskjaer's men produced a solid performance to qualify for the FA Cup quarter-finals, with Ander Herrera and Pogba both scoring headers in the first half.

Injuries to key players Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard meant Solskjaer opted to change his formation, yet he still got a cohesive performance from his team.

"It's a beautiful win, from all the team," Pogba told BBC Sport. "It wasn't easy to get that win, but we did it and we are really pleased.

"Obviously, as I always say, we're Man United, we play to win trophies and he [Solskjaer] took this job because obviously he can do it.

"He trusts us, we trust him. We go for it [to win the FA Cup], you never know if you're going to win, but we go for it."

Herrera put in a tireless display in United's midfield and continued his good run of form, having become a key part of the team since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho.

But he was eager to put the focus on second-half substitutes Alexis Sanchez, Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay, paying tribute to the Chilean's feisty attitude after coming on.

"We knew how to play them, I played a more offensive role because we knew they were struggling in that part of the pitch," Herrera said.

"But I'd like to also speak about Alexis, Andreas and Scott, the way they came into the game. World class player, Alexis and the way he fought, this is Man United and this is what we want."

Manchester United provided a fine response to their Paris Saint-Germain defeat by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to secure a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals. 

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