Gary Neville, a former Manchester United player, has said the club could face “mutiny” if it fails to appoint Ole Solskjaer as permanent manager.
Solskjaer has turned around fortunes at Old Trafford since he took over last December in interim capacity from former manager, Jose Mourinho, under whom the club struggled.
The team has been unbeaten in 10 Premier League games, and have also secured a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
However, the former England international, who played with Solskjaer at United from 1996 to 2007, has urged the club to appoint his former teammate in full capacity.
“I don’t think you can give it to someone else, otherwise there would be mutiny,” Neville, told Sky Sports.
“The fans were singing for him. I think it’s very close now, I can’t see the club going away from it”.
Injuries forced the Norwegian to make all three substitutions before half-time in Sunday’s 0-0 league with Liverpool.
But the home crowd were in full voice throughout the 90 minutes, singing the name of the manager.
“Three months ago they were singing ‘attack, attack, attack’ and today they were singing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s name for all of the second half.
“The mood has completely transformed – the atmosphere was one of the best I’ve seen at Old Trafford for years and it was 0-0.
If Manchester United had scored it would have been incredible,” Neville added.
United, who trail fourth-placed Arsenal by a point in the league table, will visit Crystal Palace on Wednesday.