Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a new three-year contract to remain as manager of Manchester United until June 2024.
This contract extension comes off the back of a solid 2020-21 season in which Gunnar Solskjaer guided Utd to runner-up finishes in Premier League and Europa League, as well as reach Quarter and Semi Finals of FA Cup and League Cup respectively.
Speaking on his decision to renew his contract at the club where he won 12 trophies with as a player from 1996 to 2007, Gunnar Solskjaer commented: “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.”
Gunnar Solskjaer also paid tribute to his coaching team containing Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick amongst others, describing the whole backroom staff as “fantastic” and can’t wait to continue taking “that next step on our journey”
Having already brought in Tom Heaton and Jadon Sancho this summer, Gunnar Solskjaer also spoke of his aim to ensure that Utd are looking “to be winning the biggest and best trophies and that’s what we are all striving for.”
He also noted the fact that the team “have improved both on and off the pitch, and that will continue over the coming seasons” as he looks forward to potentially welcoming fans back to “a packed Old Trafford” this season.
Outgoing Executive Vice-Chairman, Ed Woodward meanwhile praised Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff for working “tirelessly” to install foundations to enable “long-term success on the pitch.”
Having finished 33 points off 2019-20 Premier League champions – Liverpool, Utd last season finished runners-up to Manchester City with a 12 point deficit which Woodward believes is “increasingly visible” as the team looks to evolve and build further in coming seasons.
Woodward in particular noted how Gunnar Solskjaer has achieved this improvement, saying: “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.”
The 49 year-old board member therefore concluded that there is high confidence from Utd’s Board that the club is “heading in the right direction” under Gunnar Solskjaer’s leadership after the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho in mid December 2018.