Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to be offered a new £30m contract by Manchester United regardless of what happens in the remainder of the season.
A number of outlets report that Solskjaer is in line for a bumper new deal. The Telegraph suggest “the Norwegian has retained strong support from United’s board this season. They state Solskjaer’s future is not dependent on lifting the Europa League. But the claim is that the pressure will be on next season. It’s a similar line from ESPN, who say United are “committed” to handing Solskjaer a new contract.
The Daily Mirror are also in agreement that Solskjaer is heading for a new deal, but they claim to have details about the prospective deal. The media may well have been briefed by United officials, as Solskjaer’s contract enters the last 12 months this summer.
The 48-year-old penned a three-year contract when he became permanent manager in March 2019. And United are officials are happy with the progress. So much so that they are set to offer him another three-year deal.
The deal is “likely to be two years plus the option of an extra one” and will see his salary rise from £7.5m to £10m-a-year.
It’s likely United could end Solskjaer’s second full season in charge without winning anything. However, they do still have a favourites chance in the Europa League. And they are currently 12 points better off than they were at this stage last season. And barring no huge slip ups they should finish second.
It is understood that United are preparing for another big pre-season recruitment drive and want Solskjaer settled at the helm. Ed Woodward and Co do not want the distraction of Solskjaer entering the final year of his contract with his future unclear.
United backroom pair agree on two targets
Meanwhile, John Murtough and Darren Fletcher have two transfer targets they reportedly both agree on, as their power at Old Trafford begins to transpire.
The pair were both internally promoted earlier this month with Murtough moving to football director and Fletcher the new technical director. It was an announcement that has caused some friction at Carrington with Nicky Butt on Wednesday stepping down from his role as head of first-team development. The Athletic report the 46-year-old felt he did not get enough of a chance to put his name forward for the two roles. The Athletic adds that Butt and Murtough were like ‘chalk and cheese’. As such, their differing perspectives eventually led to a boiling over of tensions.
Privately Ed Woodward has suggested that Murtough’s new role will allow him to take a big step back on recruitment, according to The Telegraph.
However, the source say it’s debatable whether Murtough and Fletcher will be “properly empowered to help bring about significant improvements in the quality of United’s recruitment operation”.
While, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been successful recent recruits, going further back United have not been blessed with their signings.
The micro-management by the Glazers is “a significant factor behind the wheels turning so slowly at Old Trafford”. Woodward is claimed to simply “implement what the Glazers want – on and off the field”.
The Express claim Murtough and Fletcher are both in agreement on Erling Haaland though. The pair are adamant the Borussia Dortmund star would be a huge hit, who wouldn’t?
They also suggest the pair are “big admirers of Declan Rice”. Like Haaland though, a deal for the West Ham star will be expensive and far from straight forward.