Man Utd boss Solskjaer signs new deal

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July 24, 2021
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    Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFormer striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a new deal with the club until 2024, with an option for a further year.

    The Norwegian, 48, took over permanently in March 2019, having been put in interim charge when Jose Mourinho departed three months earlier.

    He led United to second place in the Premier League last season and the Europa League final, which they lost.

    Solskjaer said he was "delighted" at signing the new contract.

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    "We are more confident than ever that, under Ole's leadership, we are heading in the right direction," said United's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward.

    "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."

    Solskjaer spent 11 seasons as a United player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.

    He became United's fourth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 when he signed a three-year contract in March 2019.

    Solskjaer led the Old Trafford club to third in his first full season when they also got to the semi-finals of the Europa League before losing to Sevilla.

    In the last campaign, United finished 12 points behind champions Manchester City in claiming the runners-up spot, while they were beaten by Villareal on penalties in the Europa League final.

    The news of Solskjaer's new deal follows the confirmation of the club signing England winger Jadon Sancho for £73m from Borussia Dortmund.

    "Everyone knows the feeling I have for this club," said Solskjaer.

    "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."

    Analysis

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone

    Should Ole Gunner Solskjaer get to the end of his new contract, since Ernest Mangnall between 1903 and 1912, only Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson will have been in charge for more games as Manchester United manager than the Norwegian.

    That in itself underlines the faith the club have in Solskjaer.

    The arrival of Jadon Sancho less than 24 hours earlier is a signing very much in the United traditions, which is what the manager was tasked with returning to Old Trafford when he answered the SOS call from Ed Woodward to replace Jose Mourinho in December 2018.

    In truth, this news is not really a surprise. United could not have allowed Solskjaer's contract to run into its final season because of the uncertainty it would bring.

    And, in fairness to him, it has taken longer to put together a squad capable of challenging for the biggest prizes.

    However, if, as appears likely, Raphael Varane arrives from Real Madrid and the Paul Pogba situation can be resolved satisfactorily – if he leaves a top-class midfield signing is essential – then, at the very least, United must compete. They looked like doing that in the Premier League in January, but eventually fell behind Manchester City.

    Solskjaer also needs to deliver a trophy.

    It is clear there is a bond between manager and club – and a shared desire for success. But, like every manager, Solskjaer will be judged on results. United have improved, but the safety net that existed during his first two-and-a-half years in charge will not stay in place forever.

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    • S

      Comment posted by Sir Nick Albert Wright, today at 12:28

      Great to see an article on Man Utd on the BBC website. They are so few and far between.5714

      • J

        Reply posted by Jime, today at 12:39

        "Great to see an article on Man Utd on the BBC website. They are so few and far between."Jime replied: The reason there are many article’s about United is likely mainly due to the amount of comments from people like you who take time out of their very busy and fulfilling lives😘 Keep it up Pal3320

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      Comment posted by esco , today at 12:23

      Excellent news for all non Man Utd fans.7132

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        Reply posted by Hacienda That, today at 12:26

        "Excellent news for all non Man Utd fans."Hacienda That replied: You mean fans of all the clubs who, apart from Man city, finished BEHIND United last season? x4230

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      Comment posted by vince, today at 12:29

      As a LFC fan I think this is a good signing, contrary to a lot of opinions , I always liked him as a player and I think he will turn into a very good manager.408

      • T

        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, today at 12:44

        "As a LFC fan I think this is a good signing, contrary to a lot of opinions , I always liked him as a player and I think he will turn into a very good manager."The Spin Doctor replied: You made a big typo in your post is should be MUFC not LFC.526

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    • H

      Comment posted by Hacienda That, today at 12:25

      Needs to win a trophy this season………262

      • J

        Reply posted by Jime, today at 12:33

        "Needs to win a trophy this season………"Jime replied: Yes definitely, we also need at least 3 more quality buys and for Ole to lose his Gareth Southgate safety first mind set especially in big games161

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      Comment posted by TheNightmanCometh, today at 12:35

      Finished 3rd, 2nd, and reached a Europa League final. If you’d offered Man United fans that two years ago they’d have bitten your hand off. Not sure where this idea that this is “Great news for every other club” comes from, given that he seems to be turning Man United into a decent unit with quality signings (which they were seriously lacking in since Sir Alex Ferguson left).288

      • T

        Reply posted by Terry, today at 12:37

        "Finished 3rd, 2nd, and reached a Europa League final. If you’d offered Man United fans that two years ago they’d have bitten your hand off. Not sure where this idea that this is “Great news for every other club” comes from, given that he seems to be turning Man United into a decent unit with quality signings (which they were seriously lacking in since Sir Alex Ferguson left)."Terry replied: I am and did not bite someones hand off. Won nothing74

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      Comment posted by Pedro, today at 12:34

      The fact is that they are not going to get anyone better. Big names with big CV’s have come and gone. Solskjaer is a good man manager and can deal with egos big and small. I like him. Very underrated.213

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        Reply posted by Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd, today at 12:46

        "The fact is that they are not going to get anyone better. Big names with big CV’s have come and gone. Solskjaer is a good man manager and can deal with egos big and small. I like him. Very underrated."Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd replied: Sad but true, Ole is the best they can do, big name managers are just not interested in Utd like they used to be.14

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    • C

      Comment posted by Carpenter, today at 12:24

      Will be more expensive to sack him. Well done Ole.215

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, today at 12:34

        "Will be more expensive to sack him. Well done Ole."The Spin Doctor replied: Utd’s best signing as far as all non Utd fans are concerned.1615

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    • F

      Comment posted by Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd, today at 12:37

      Pogba is definitely not staying now.183

      • G

        Reply posted by GRIFFO, today at 12:41

        "Pogba is definitely not staying now."GRIFFO replied: No utd fans want pogba to stay so good news for utd fans if he leaves the club153

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      Comment posted by SeeOnlyShed, today at 12:39

      Credit to the club for sticking with him.
      Credit to the supporters for doing the same.
      Too many club owners and fair weather “supporters” that have no loyalty nowadays.151

      • G

        Reply posted by Glofy, today at 13:10

        "Credit to the club for sticking with him.Credit to the supporters for doing the same.Too many club owners and fair weather “supporters” that have no loyalty nowadays."Glofy replied: There comes a point though where he needs to deliver to stay in one of the most desirable managerial positions in world football. Loyalty should be recognised but if he is never going to be a top level coach why should United stick with him10

    • H

      Comment posted by Haystacks, today at 12:35

      I think it gives some credit to the club that they’re giving time for a relatively inexperienced manager to develop, rather than recruiting one of the big names. Yes, the club need to start delivering trophies in the next season or two but given how the team is developing that will happen. It took fergie some time but when success came it lasted a long time. Good luck to them.140

      • M

        Reply posted by Mariusz2004, today at 12:51

        "I think it gives some credit to the club that they’re giving time for a relatively inexperienced manager to develop, rather than recruiting one of the big names. Yes, the club need to start delivering trophies in the next season or two but given how the team is developing that will happen. It took fergie some time but when success came it lasted a long time. Good luck to them."Mariusz2004 replied: Well done Man U, I for one am looking forward to another average season from you. I wonder how many penalties you will get this year with your specialist diving team lol54

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      Comment posted by Glofy, today at 12:26

      Plenty of time with this squad, loads of money spent under him. If we are scrapping about for a top 4 finish this season it’s embarrassing165

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        Reply posted by Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd, today at 12:36

        "Plenty of time with this squad, loads of money spent under him. If we are scrapping about for a top 4 finish this season it’s embarrassing"Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd replied: All the pressure is on Ole to deliver this season, otherwise this time next year Utd will have a new manager.74

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      Comment posted by Jonny, today at 12:48

      I’m only neutral and Ole will ruin Man U. It became obvious during the Europa Cup final when he so obviously bottled his substitutions he wasn’t the man for the job. Nice fella but they’ll never win the league with him at the helm.82

      • F

        Reply posted by Forza Italia, today at 13:01

        "I’m only neutral and Ole will ruin Man U. It became obvious during the Europa Cup final when he so obviously bottled his substitutions he wasn’t the man for the job. Nice fella but they’ll never win the league with him at the helm."Forza Italia replied: Not won anything as a manager? Why isn’t he the England manager?10

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      Comment posted by jmw, today at 12:32

      Makes sense, sends a message to the players as well that the club trust Ole and what he’s trying to do with the team. And if it doesn’t work out, it’s not like Utd don’t have the money if they decide a change is necessary.60

      • W

        Reply posted by webby23, today at 12:46

        "Makes sense, sends a message to the players as well that the club trust Ole and what he’s trying to do with the team. And if it doesn’t work out, it’s not like Utd don’t have the money if they decide a change is necessary."webby23 replied: Theyre 500mil in debt lol40

    • G

      Comment posted by goonerjake, today at 12:35

      They have just given him a huge transfer war chest to sign sancho, of course he was going to stay61

      • L

        Reply posted by lpool, today at 12:43

        "They have just given him a huge transfer war chest to sign sancho, of course he was going to stay"lpool replied: Sancho is not all that at all!!!15

    • O

      Comment posted by oops, today at 13:07

      The only news we need to hear is that MU have off-loaded Pogba be it by cash sale or free transfer. Either would be profitable as they would not have to pay his wages.40

      • R

        Reply posted by Release Dai Morris, today at 13:16

        "The only news we need to hear is that MU have off-loaded Pogba be it by cash sale or free transfer. Either would be profitable as they would not have to pay his wages."Release Dai Morris replied: We’re just double checking this comment.

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      Comment posted by Battle of the Bottlers, today at 12:42

      Is he at the level of tuchel, pep or klopp? No.
      Is he under performing considering the squad he now has? Yes.
      Is Man U actually wanting anything other than a top 4 spot? No.
      Is he a PE teacher? Yes.
      Advantage rest of the league? Not really.
      Advantage big four? Yes.73

      • D

        Reply posted by dai, today at 13:05

        "Is he at the level of tuchel, pep or klopp? No.Is he under performing considering the squad he now has? Yes.Is Man U actually wanting anything other than a top 4 spot? No.Is he a PE teacher? Yes.Advantage rest of the league? Not really.Advantage big four? Yes."dai replied: Hang on he and Man Utd finished higher than all but Pep and Man C last season. So yes he is at the same level. Otherwise MU would have been lower in the league. Hope you didn’t have a stroke or a heart attack after that rant. Your blood pressure must be very high. Footy fans are funny, they think they know better than those who play the game ROFL.10

    • A

      Comment posted by Alex, today at 12:33

      Buy all the best players you can, throw them on the pitch and hope they do something every week, he’s been playing too much FIFA95

    • J

      Comment posted by john1960, today at 12:21

      2024……Give him a life time contract

      Funny to watch

      😂😂😂😂😂😂1612

      • M

        Reply posted by MightyMorphinePowerRangers, today at 12:31

        "2024……Give him a life time contractFunny to watch😂😂😂😂😂😂"MightyMorphinePowerRangers replied: Funny to watch what?

        I’m a neutral but finishing runner up in the league and reaching europa league final is hardly disastrous.

        I would say Liverpool’s pathetic title defence and going out with a whimper in CL first KO round was far more hilarious.103

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      Comment posted by Bobby dazzler, today at 13:04

      Wow, a club that believes in a manager instead of throwing him in the bin after a season! Also get rid of the arrogant, overrated and child like midfielder pogba and you will have a great team!30

    • E

      Comment posted by Eurows, today at 12:52

      Honk Honk. Ollie is at the wheel of this clown club. Looks like this season will be ‘another fine mess’ he gets you into.74

      • A

        Reply posted by admiralbee, today at 13:13

        "Honk Honk. Ollie is at the wheel of this clown club. Looks like this season will be ‘another fine mess’ he gets you into."admiralbee replied: We’re just double checking this comment.

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