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Man Utd hand Solskjaer 3-year contract

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Manchester United today announced that interim Manager and former club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been handed a new 3 year contract to take charge of the Red Devils on a permanent basis.

Solskjaer, who has been in-charge of United for 19 games, since the sacking of Jose Mourinho, has had an excellent run, winning 14 of those games, whilst leading United to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, and on the brink of breaking back into the top 4.

 

With 8 games left in the season, and a mega game against Barcelona in the Champions League to follow, the announcement could not have been better timed to give the United squad a late season push as they attempt to secure Champions League football for next season, and go further in the competition this year as well.

Making the announcement was Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who said, “Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves. More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club."

He continued,  "This all means that Ole is the right person to take Manchester United forward. I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.”

Speaking at his appointment Solskjaer said, “From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club. It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far.

"This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.”

United are currently in fifth place in the Premier League standings, 2 points shy of Arsenal, and a point better off than Chelsea. They have collected more points in the Premier League since Solskjaer took over than any other team.