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Manchester United currently sit two points above the relegation zone after a poor start to their season but the board believe manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to guide them out of the club’s current situation.

The United board understand the difficult circumstances Solskjaer is having to deal with as he aims to restore the club to its former glory.

And according to The Times, they have a three-point plan they want the Norwegian to implement at the club.

The report claims these are: winning trophies, playing attacking dynamic football with X-factor players and giving youth a chance.

United have a record 13 Premier League titles, however, their last one came back in the 2012/13 campaign, which was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season as a manager.

Since then United have only managed to finish in the top three in one of the last six seasons, when Jose Mourinho’s side finished second -19 points behind Manchester City in the 2017/18 season.

However, the Unied board feel Solskjaer, who made his name as a player under Ferguson, is the right man to turn things around at the club.

United currently sit 12th in the table and despite being 15 points behind league leader Liverpool, the board have told Solskjaer his job is currently safe.

After the international break United take on Jurgen Klopp’s side and it is claimed even if they suffer a heavy defeat to their rivals Solskjaer still won’t face the axe.

The report claims a series of meeting have taken place between Solskjaer and the club’s recruitment staff, with the outgoing being that United will be looking to sign four new players, including a striker, next year.

Such a development will no doubt be pleasing for Solskjaer as he was left short-handed up front after the summer window following the transfer of two strikers to Inter Milan.

Romelu Lukaku, who scored 42 goals in 96 games in all competitions during his time with United, was sold for £72million and the Belgian was joined by Alexis Sanchez, who swapped Old Trafford for the San Siro on a 10-month loan deal.

The decision to move these two experienced strikers on from the club, left Solskjaer with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and 18-year-old Mason Greenwood as his attacking options.

Martial appeared to enjoy his new role leading the line as he scored two goals in three games, however, the Frenchman has been sidelined with a hamstring injury for the last eight games.

And goals have been hard to come by for United this season and they have only managed to score nine goals in eight league games.

And although Lukaku was sold later in the window, Solskjaer recently admitted that he was happy the club decided it was better to “bite the bullet and wait” rather than spend large amounts of money on a replacement striker he was uncertain about.

United are back in action on October 20 when they host Liverpool at Old Trafford.

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