Manchester United have confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a new contract as manager.
The Norwegian has been handed a huge sign of support from the Premier League giants by penning a new three-year deal with the option for a further year, despite not yet bringing a trophy back to Old Trafford.
The contract, which has been rumoured for months, appears to be a parting gift from outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Solskjaer has signed a deal until ‘at least 2024’ and Woodward says it’s reward for building long-term success for Manchester United’s future.
Woodward, who is stepping down from his role at the end of the calendar year, said in a statement:
“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.
“We are more confident than ever that, under Ole’s leadership, we are heading in the right direction.”
News of Solskjaer’s new deal comes just a day after the club finally confirmed the arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
More arrivals are expected at Old Trafford this summer, with a deal for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane reportedly in the works, while England and Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier is also a top target.
And Solskjaer said he can’t wait to get the new season started as he looks to end his personal hunt for a trophy in charge of his old club, as well as United’s nine-year wait for a Premier League title.
“Everyone knows the feeling I have for this club, and I am delighted to have signed this new contract,” said the Norwegian.
“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.”