Scholes cannot escape uneasy Solskjaer feeling amid new Man Utd deal talk

Date published: Friday 2nd April 2021 6:52 - Jonny Whitfield

Paul Scholes February 2019

Paul Scholes believes that while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves a new Manchester United contract, aspects of his management are still not right.

Solskjaer, who became United’s permanent manager in March 2019, is approaching the final season of his contract. However, a second-placed Premier League finish this term would merit progress. Nevertheless, Red Devils chiefs reportedly feel they have seen enough of the Norwegian to warrant a new deal.

As such, the manager will reportedly earn a new three-year spell worth a total of £30million.

But despite the progress, Solskjaer has yet to win a trophy since returning to Old Trafford as manager.

Indeed, he reached four semi-finals and lost them all. Two came against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, alongside exits in the FA Cup and Europa League.

Scholes told Webby & O’Neill of the new contract talk: “I think he probably deserves it. There’s been progress from the manager before.

“I think the team looks a lot better, it’s much more exciting, there’s goals in the team – which you always expect from a United team, anyway.”

However, Scholes believes that the four semi-final defeats remain a “worry”.

He also questioned whether United have the squad depth to cope and properly challenge for silverware.

Bruno Fernandes has proved arguably the best United signing since Sir Alex Ferguson left, but he has dropped off at times this season.

Scholes questions Man Utd depth

“I think the only problem is: win something. Losing four semi-finals last season is a little bit of a worry I suppose,” he added.

“Losing the [FA Cup] quarter-final to Leicester, it wasn’t good. For fans especially, the Europa League was tough in Milan, I thought players looked a little bit jaded – [Bruno] Fernandes especially.

“He probably did need the rest against Leicester, but on the other hand, I don’t think United are in a position to rest people for the big games.

“I think they have 12 or 13 players that are good enough to go and win a lot of games.

“Is the squad then deep enough when you’re leaving these big players out to go on and win the bigger games?”

Elsewhere, Scholes had his say on the debate over United’s hunt for a striker signing, including speculation over Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.

READ MORE: Scholes reveals preference between Kane and Haaland

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