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What are the fixtures that could decide Solskjaer’s Manchester United future

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered defeat for the first time in his 12-game reign as Manchester United interim boss when PSG beat them 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Here is the list of Solskjaer’s next seven games and the role they could play in the decision whether he will become Manchester United permanent coach or not.

February 18:  Chelsea (a), FA Cup fifth round

United have an opportunity to extend their pursuit of a 13th FA Cup success when they head for Stamford Bridge. However, they will face a Blues side still smarting from a 6-0 drubbing on the blue side of Manchester on Sunday.

February 24: Liverpool (h), Premier League

The match the Reds will underline the improvement United have made under Solskjaer. The last match between the two sides ended with Liverpool’s 3-1 victory at Anfield.

February 27: Crystal Palace (a), Premier League

A trip to Crystal Palace, who currently sit just three points clear of the relegation zone, could prove welcome after games against PSG, Chelsea and Liverpool.

March 2: Southampton (h), Premier League

Southampton’s need is even greater than that of Palace as they attempt to drag themselves out of relegation trouble despite proving significantly more difficult to beat under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

March 6: Paris St Germain (a), Champions League last 16, second leg

Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe handed PSG a near-decisive lead to defend and the odds will be heavily stacked against United in Paris.

March 10: Arsenal (a), Premier League

United had a 3-1 FA Cup fourth round victory at the Emirates Stadium on January 25.  United are unbeaten in four games in all competitions against the Gunners so they will play with a hope to extend the win.

March 16: Manchester City (h), Premier League

City have won four of the last nine league clashes with United claiming three, although they have triumphed in only one of the last four encounters on home soil.

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