Manchester United are still expected to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new contract, despite the club failing to win a trophy under his watch, according to ESPN.
What is the latest news involving Solskjaer?
The Norwegian coach has received criticism this week after United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Leicester on Sunday.
However, the club’s board remain committed to their manager and are set to offer him a new deal even if he fails to deliver silverware this term.
When does Solskjaer’s contract expire?
The 48-year-old was given the Old Trafford job on a permanent basis back in March 2019.
He signed a three-year deal at the time, meaning that his current contract is set to expire next summer.
What are Solskjaer’s stats this season?
Solskjaer has led United to second place in the Premier League so far this season. If the team remain in this position until the end of the campaign, it will be their highest finish in three years, and only the second time that they would have made the top two since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
The side were dumped out of the Champions League at the group stage, though. After winning their opening two matches, the Red Devils lost three of their last four games to drop into the Europa League.
They are still going strong in that tournament, and face Granada in the quarter-finals next month. This represents their final chance to earn silverware this year, as they have already exited both domestic cup competitions.
What did Ed Woodward say about Solskjaer?
News of a contract extension for Solskjaer should not come as a major surprise given the backing that he has received from United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward lately.
Speaking earlier this month, Woodward told the Daily Mail: “The progress made by Ole and the players this season is clear, and our thriving academy and women’s team are also adding to the optimism we feel about the future on and off the pitch.”
Are United set to repeat their 2019 mistake?
Solskjaer landed the United job permanently in 2019, despite losing his final two games before signing the contract. That decision seemed a little hasty on the club’s part and appears to have made it increasingly difficult to sack Solskjaer since.
Whilst Woodward claims that progress is being made, the side’s trophy cabinet suggests otherwise.
Solskjaer is yet to guide his team beyond the semi-finals of any competition during his time in charge.
He has also recently stated that winning cups merely acts as an ego boost for managers, and by handing him a new contract, it looks like the club’s board agree with this view – at least in part – at the moment.
This seems to be sending out the wrong message and is not likely to please the team’s supporters who will surely want to see their side lifting a trophy again soon.
The club would be better off biding their time and seeing how the rest of the season plays out before making a decision on Solskjaer’s future.
Manchester United repeated Phil Jones mistake with Nemanja Matic’s contract
When Phil Jones was given a new four-year deal (with the option of a fifth) in 2019, many Manchester United fans were surprised. Since then, the surprise has turned to befuddlement.
Jones has not featured for United at all this season. He only managed eight appearances in the previous campaign.
The year before – when Jones earned that new deal – he went off at half-time in the 4-0 debacle against Everton and he has barely been seen since.
Jones is on big wages at Old Trafford and it is bizarre to think he could remain until 2023, earning week after week when a first-team spot is all but impossible.
All clubs make mistakes. But United appear to have done the same again, this time with Nemanja Matic.
The Serbian international signed a new contract until 2023 last year. But Matic’s form has tailed off alarmingly since then.
For a while under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it seemed Matic was back to his best. Yet those times are a distant memory.
These days, Scott McTominay and Fred are both ahead of Matic. While some United fans feel James Garner deserves a shot when he returns from his impressive loan spell.
Matic, like Jones, could remain at United until 2023, collecting a hefty wage and preventing the Red Devils from spending that money elsewhere.
More recently, United have been smart with their new deals. A whole host of talented youngsters have agreed new contracts – on a lot less than the likes of Jones and Matic.
The 31-year-old is slowing down and needs to move on this summer. His influence is waning but will there be a taker?
Only time will tell. But this could be Jones all over again.
Manchester United attracted premier league Awards
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is among eight nominees for the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for March.
The 25-year-old is enjoying a fine season so far, and is also in contention for the club’s equivalent honour again, having also won it in February.
Shaw was again a key performer in March, as the Reds solidified our hold on second place, with wins over Manchester City and West Ham, and a goalless draw at Crystal Palace – indeed, United joined Chelsea as being the only top-flight side not to concede any goals during the month. full story