Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have to win a trophy and lead Manchester United to the top four this season.
The Norwegian has impressed in interim charge at Old Trafford, winning all five matches to date.
United face their toughest test since sacking Jose Mourinho on Sunday though when they travel to Wembley to face Tottenham .
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino remains the frontrunner for the United post but Solskjaer could force himself into the reckoning if the revival continues.
He is expected to return to Molde at the end of the Premier League season but is likely to be open to staying on at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer is thought to have admirers on the United board and could earn a place in discussions over the next permanent boss.
But he may have to work wonders to get the gig, reports the Times.
United have forced themselves back into the top four mix and are also through in the FA Cup and Champions League.
It is suggested Solskjaer will have to win one of those competitions – while also qualifying for next season’s Champions League to have a serious chance.
United go into this weekend’s matches six points off the top four.