In what seemed like an inevitable move, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a contract extension at the club.
Solskjaer’s previous deal had just one year left to run, as part of the original three year contract he signed.
The new contract runs until 2024 with an option to extend to 2025.
This is a sign United are happy with the progress Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer is making at the club, on and off the pitch.
United have learned lessons from the six-year contract handed to David Moyes in 2013, and are not over-committing, but the extension shows the club have faith in the job Solskjaer is currently doing.
The Norwegian was a surprise appointment as caretaker boss after Jose Mourinho was sacked in December 2018.
He then won nine of 10 opening games, drawing the other, to put himself in contention for the permanent job. A famous Champions League comeback win away at PSG then sealed the appointment.
While the team faded after that in the 2018/19 season, Solskjaer has rebuilt United in the image he wanted, and has just secured the signing of Jadon Sancho, a player he has been tracking for two seasons.
Solskjaer has become the first Manchester United boss since Sir Alex Ferguson to lead the club to back to back top four finishes, and while this should really be the minimum, it is telling of the club’s struggles in the Ed Woodward era that he was the first to do so.
United finished third in 2019/20 and second in 2020/21 and the club can enter this season hopeful of a title challenge, despite the strength of rival clubs.
Solskjaer speaks out
Solskjaer told the club website: “Everyone knows the feeling I have for this club, and I am delighted to have signed this new contract. It is an exciting time for Manchester United, we have built a squad with a good balance of youth and experienced players that are hungry for success.
“I have a fantastic coaching team around me, and we are all ready to take that next step on our journey. Manchester United wants to be winning the biggest and best trophies and that’s what we are all striving for. We have improved, both on and off the pitch, and that will continue over the coming seasons.
“I can’t wait to get out in front of a packed Old Trafford and get this campaign started.”
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