Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about his contract talks with the club this summer that resulted in him signing a new three-year-deal.
Solskjaer agreed terms and signed a new contract until 2024 with the club, with an option for the deal to be extended to 2025 should the boss do a good job between now and then that can be activated at any time.
His original deal was set to end in 2022, with his future a hot topic after he failed to win a trophy once again last season despite making the Europa League final. But Solskjaer has opened up about discussions and that the hierarchy at the club are happy with him.
In an interview with Norwegian outlet VG, Solskjaer said: “It was something we talked about at the end of last season, that we were going to sit down. They were happy with what we did. We came to agree on something. I’m not difficult to negotiate with when it comes to that kind of thing.
” Manchester United had an option to extend the contract by another year if they were satisfied with the job we did. It was like a two-year contract anyway, so there was not much difference.
“It’s a vote of confidence. They are happy with what they see within the walls here, and behind what you do not see.”
Solskjaer has entered the third full season of his tenure now and despite not winning any trophies he has improved the squad’s situation.
But with the addition of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer the expectations of him and his squad have risen. Solskjaer says they are heading in the right direction and the plan this season is to continue fighting on all fronts.
“I have had two full seasons now. I came in, then we were in sixth place, 20-30 points behind the top and very far behind the fourth place. We took some points again and were not very far from fourth place that season. It was a patch job to put it that way.
“Sometimes it is not what you can harvest that is displayed. The trophies are of course important for everyone, but we have seen progress all the way and hope it continues so we are involved and fighting all the way into this year as well.”