Big Season Ahead as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Extends Manchester United Contract

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has extended his Manchester United contract.

The Norwegian manager had 12 months remaining on his deal but has now signed until 2024, with the option of a further year.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Signs Manchester United Contract Extension

Performance So Far

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2018, becoming the interim manager. In the following months, the club enjoyed a fruitful run of form, eventually earning Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis.

Since then, United are still without a trophy, however, are regularly thereabouts in major competitions and secured Champions League qualification for two successive seasons, finishing second this past season.

The Red Devils often fell short in the semi-finals, until they thrashed AS Roma on their way to the Europa League final – which they lost to Villarreal on penalties.

However, Solskaer’s team is still growing and showing all the signs of progress. With the addition of Jadon Sancho and the potential signing of Raphael Varane, expectations will rise if they hadn’t already. United already pose a greater threat with the former Borussia Dortmund winger coming in and hope for a big season in 2021/22.

No Choice but to Give Solskjaer New Manchester United Contract

With just one year left on his current deal, Manchester United had to extend the contract of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – or risk a widescale belief that they didn’t believe in him as manager for the long-term. That would not have been a wise way to go into the new season – a season there is a feeling of great ambition about.

Few would have believed Solskjaer was going to last this long back in December 2018, with all intentions representing that of a temporary appointment. It is to his credit that he has since signed two contracts, with the best potentially yet to come.

This will be a big season for Solskjaer though. With Sancho signed and potentially others, there becomes a smaller capacity for excuses. He must deliver a trophy sooner rather than later.

Exciting Time for Manchester United

Upon signing his new contract, Ole Gunnar 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 experiences 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,” he added. “And get this campaign started.”

Solskjaer has been rewarded for his tireless work, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who added: “Ole and his staff have worked tirelessly putting the foundations in place for long-term success on the pitch.

“The results of that have become increasingly visible over the past two seasons and we are all looking forward to seeing this exciting team develop further in the years ahead.

“What is especially pleasing is the way this progress has been achieved with a blend of young, homegrown talent and top-class recruits, playing attacking football in the best traditions of Manchester United.

Woodward concluded: “We are more confident than ever that, under Ole’s leadership, we are heading in the right direction.”

Manchester United continue their rare UK-based pre-season with a trip to Queens Park Rangers‘ Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.

Their Premier LeagueΒ season gets underway v Leeds United on August 14.


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