Manchester United announced Saturday that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a contract extension through 2024.
Solskjaer released a statement about the new deal, which includes an option for the 2024-25 season:
“Everyone knows the feeling I have for this club, and I am delighted to have signed this new contract. 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.”
Solskjaer, 48, took over at United on a caretaker basis in December 2018 after Jose Mourinho was sacked. He was elevated to the full-time role in March 2019 after an initial run of success with the Red Devils.
The former United forward, who played at Old Trafford from 1996 through 2007, has compiled a record of 85 wins, 32 draws and 34 losses across all competitions as the club’s manager. He led the side to the UEFA Europa League final in May, where it lost to Villarreal in a penalty shootout.
Although the club hasn’t lifted any trophies during Solskjaer’s tenure, United had “committed” to giving him a new contract even without a championship during the 2020-21 campaign, per ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, praised the club’s manager and expressed confidence in their overall direction:
“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.”
The extension comes ahead of Saturday’s preseason friendly against Queens Park Rangers. United opened the preseason with a 2-1 victory over Derby County on Sunday.
Manchester United will start the Premier League campaign Aug. 14 when Leeds United visits Old Trafford. The Red Devils also qualified to take part in the term’s UEFA Champions League, which is scheduled to hold its draw Aug. 26.