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24 Jul 21 11:18
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a new deal with the club until 2024, with an option for a further year.

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Report Angoose July 24, 2021 11:29 AM BST
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.

"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."
Report Crisp77 July 24, 2021 1:27 PM BST
Good idea to get him locked into a contract. I heard Swansea were considering him.
Report The Dragon July 24, 2021 1:38 PM BST
oh dear  more years in the doldrums for united thenLaughLaughLaugh
Report shiny new shoes please July 24, 2021 2:30 PM BST
July 24, 2021 1:27 PM BSTExcitedLaugh
Report sofaking July 24, 2021 4:43 PM BST
Great news for every other team in the top ten. Ole's at the wheel for the foreseeable future. Excited
Report Emitdeb July 24, 2021 6:26 PM BST
How out of touch are these idiots... CrazyLaugh
Report tobermory July 24, 2021 6:29 PM BST
Isn't Woodward leaving in a few months?

Means the incoming chief exec will be stuck with Soslkjaer for 3 years or will have to give him a big pay off.

Hardly as if there would be a queue of clubs for him, would probably be happy with a rolling 12 M deal. If he left today what would his next job be? I doubt he would get another Premier League job off the back of his United record.
Report The Dragon July 24, 2021 6:50 PM BST
how are the mighty fallen, tell them not in gomarrah unless the children of the the phillistines rejoice, publish it not in gath
Report brentford July 24, 2021 7:53 PM BST
Not for a moment suggesting Solskjaer is a particularly good manager (he's not imo) but difficult to argue that finishing 2nd in the Prem wasn't actually a reasonable effort - they certainly didn't have the 2nd best squad in the PL...

he's obviously under a lot more pressure this season with the money spent on Sancho and the time he's had now to 'develop'  a playing identity but even so what is par for United currently (subject to any further noteable additions ?

3rd or 4th in the PL , last 16 of the Champions league and maybe a good run in a domestic cup ?
Report Capt__F July 24, 2021 8:04 PM BST
Leyland Daf
Report Capt__F July 24, 2021 8:05 PM BST
Great news btw all of football pleased
Report tobermory July 24, 2021 8:11 PM BST

United's spending has consistently been at the level of a club that should be challenging for the title and the Champion's League. It's true that Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho never did that but that's why they were all sacked.

So scraping Top 4 and Last 16 in the CL are not going to cut it surely. I think they either have to go close to the title - so at least within 3 or 4 pts in April - or CL semis.
Report tobermory July 24, 2021 8:12 PM BST
The domestic cups/Europa don't matter at all.
Report brentford July 24, 2021 8:21 PM BST
I agree with a lot of that tobermory -  but a lot of that money was not well used by the managers you list therefore if one were evaluating Solskjaer's worth as a manger you'd have to be really looking at what they've spent under him and how that unfolds...not to say that the club would view it that way, I'm sure they'll be largely keen to keep blame pointed squarely at managers..

the reality is that it's been a poorly run club since the Glaziers took over in many areas.
Report tobermory July 24, 2021 8:32 PM BST
The Glazers have not been bad in terms of supporting managers at all. Their biggest error was giving so much power to Woodward.

The pro Solskjaer narrative is that Mourinho made a mess and Ole is fixing that and turning it around. But he has actually already been in the job longer than Mourinho was, with no more to show for it.
Report brentford July 24, 2021 8:39 PM BST
The Glazers have not been bad in terms of supporting managers at all. Their biggest error was giving so much power to Woodward.

Turns out that was a pretty sizeable error though and as owners they are responsible for him being in that position I assume

it's lead to them being on a rough par with the biggest spenders in Club football with little to show for it... a string of failed mangers and a squad worth nothing close to what they paid to assemble it (taking into account increasing market values during that time period).   feels like the definition of a poorly run club to me...
Report tobermory July 24, 2021 8:42 PM BST
Yes, that true.

Woodward should really have gone with Jose, if not before.
Report feed the goat...... July 25, 2021 12:35 AM BST
Fantastic news
Report roache July 25, 2021 10:22 AM BST
This is excellant news for any ABU fans out there
Report The Dragon July 25, 2021 2:11 PM BST
where there is no vision the people perish....novision at OT for sure
Report lurka July 29, 2021 9:51 AM BST
Woodward wasn't a mistake. It was a deliberate act by the owners to maximise commercial revenues/deals. That's Woodward's area of expertise. He is an accountant and advised the Glazers when they took over Man U, then they appointed him to look after finances and he doubled the commercial revenues of the club. Woodward was a massive success in the Glazer's eyes. They have zero interest in football, only money.
Report The Dragon July 29, 2021 2:05 PM BST
good point vw made lurka
Report brentford July 29, 2021 6:14 PM BST
I'm sure that is spot on Lurka, the question then becomes how long you can continue be successful financially with a team that under achieves on the field,

United had plenty of success and history 'in the bank' so to speak and a worldwide brand built from would think if you keep producing fairly ordinary teams that don't win much and aren't even a decent watch for the most part then doesn't that surely begin to erode.
Report tobermory July 29, 2021 7:32 PM BST
Woodward was maximizing revenue in his previous post. He could have been left doing that. It was certainly a mistake to put him in charge of the football side.

Of course the Glazers want to win, as, apart from the prestige side of it, they understand that, in the long term, if United don't win titles and CLs their value will decline. If they were only about short term goals, like grabbing TV money for the minimum outlay, they would be the 4th highest spenders in England, not one of the top 3 in the world.

Brentford, yes the value of United's 'brand' will decline relative to other clubs if they don't start matching City and Chelsea in the next few years. I expect if you asked a hundred random fans aged 25+ who they support there'd be 30 odd United fans and maybe only 3 or 4 for City. Among 12 year olds though perhaps City would be ahead, and in 10 years those kids will have spending power and more value to sponsors. Ultimately if City win titles every other year for the next 15 years they will be established as a 'super club' even of their owners walk away.
Report duffy July 29, 2021 7:59 PM BST
United are a bit the same as horse racing is now, on the slide with an aging fan base, with all the new blood looking elsewhere.
Report rommel July 30, 2021 8:44 AM BST
who does this Ollly fella think he is,hes getting in people who can play football
Report Capt__F July 30, 2021 10:20 PM BST
has Lou gone missing ?
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