Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has extended his contract with Man Utd

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Manchester United have awarded manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new three-year contract.

Solskjaer had entered the final 12 months of his previous deal but United have tied him to a new contract until June 2024 with the option of another year.

The 48-year-old was initially appointed on an interim basis following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2018 but was handed a permanent deal four months later after enjoying a remarkable honeymoon period in charge.

Solskjaer has yet to win anything during his two and a half years in charge and United finished last season empty handed after being beaten by Villarreal in the final of the Europa League in May.

It has increased the pressure on Solskjaer to deliver silverware and end United’s eight-year wait to win the Premier League title going into the new season. United have already signed England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £72.9m and are expected to back the manager with more signings before the close of the transfer window next month. 

But Ed Woodward, United’s outgoing executive vice chairman, said the club were “more confident than ever” that Solskjaer was the man to take them forward.   

“Ole and his staff have worked tirelessly putting the foundations in place for long-term success on the pitch,” said Woodward, who is due to leave at the end of the year after resigning in the wake of the failed European Super League plot.

“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.”

Solskjaer is convinced United are progressing on his watch. “Everyone knows the feeling I have for this club, and I am delighted to have signed this new contract,” the club’s former striker said. “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.”