Solskjaer has yet to win a trophy as united manager, and his team was knocked out of the FA Cup quarter-finals by Leicester City, effectively ending his chances of winning a domestic title this season.
Manchester United are determined to offer manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new contract and are unafraid of the manager’s lack of silverware since his arrival at the club.
When he first joined the club, United made it clear that this was a transitional period, and those in the boardroom believe he has made enough progress in both the team’s performance and culture to merit a new contract.
Solskjaer’s current contract expires in a little over a year, and he is not thought to be concerned about his future. United are confident in his desire to stay and wish to avoid the unnecessary speculation that would accompany him entering his final year.
With the Premier League seemingly on its way out of Manchester, United’s hopes for a trophy this season will rest on the Europa League, and while club officials obviously want to win it, ESPN reports that Solskjaer’s future is not dependent on success in the competition.
According to the reports, Solskjaer has also been reassured that he will keep his title of ‘manager’ rather than ‘head coach,’ and his influence has been rewarded with a key role in the club’s recruitment process.
The manager has the authority to veto any transfers at Old Trafford and is one of only two people who have that authority, the other being the club’s head of recruitment.
The Mirror predicts that Solskjaer will be rewarded with a three-year contract worth up to £30 million at the end of the season. The new terms represent a significant increase over his previous yearly salary of £7.5 million.
Solskjaer was heavily involved in the hiring of directors John Murtough and Darren Fletcher, and he has spoken with both about the club’s direction.
United are aware that Solskjaer took over a sinking ship and have been impressed by his ability to turn things around. He has helped the club re-establish itself as one of England’s elite, and club officials have been impressed with his off-the-field work with the squad.
Trophies will be seen as a measure of success at some point, but United believe there are bigger priorities right now and that Solskjaer is the right man to keep them moving in the right direction.
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