Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, (c) Manchester United Facebook.

Should Manchester United extend Solskjaer’s contract at Old Trafford?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as the manager of Manchester United in December 2018, with his existing contract ending in the summer of 2022.

Ole Gunnar Solskajer, a former Manchester United player took over as the manager of Red Devils in December 2018 when the club was in absolute shambles. Jose Mourinho fell out with some key players during this third year in charge at Old Trafford and this led to his sacking eventually. Solskajer was appointed as the caretaker manager and he delivered some incredible results in his first five months in-charge.

Manchester United managed to finish sixth in the Premier League, despite a poor start to the season while also managing to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time since the 2013/14 season. The highlight of his first few months at United came when his side defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 clash in the UCL, despite losing the first leg, 2-0 at home.

With the managerial abilities he portrayed towards the second half of the 2018-19 season, he did enough to earn himself a three-year contract as the manager of Manchester United. The Red Devils have certainly made a visible amount of progress under the Norwegian in the past two years. The 20 time league champions finished third in the Premier League last season, ensuring them of a Champions League berth. They have been in good form this season, and are currently second in the league and on course to booking a place in the UCL next season too.

However, the 48-year-old has failed to deliver what every manager at Old Trafford must achieve- silverware. Manchester United have reached four cup semifinals in the past two seasons, losing on all occasions. Recently, the Red Devils were beaten by Leicester City in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup which only leaves Europa League as the realistic title shot this season.

Manchester United will face Granada in the Europa League quarterfinals once players return from international duty. It is absolutely mandatory for Solskjaer to win this title as fans are growing impatient despite the steady progress. However as reported by ESPN, Manchester United are keen on extending his contract irrespective of the fact whether he wins a title or not this season.

United chiefs believe that the Norwegian manager has done enough to warrant him contract extension. However, is it the right choice they’re making despite the lack of triumphant competitions?

Solksjaer has earned the faith of his players and has made some great acquisitions in the past two transfer windows. Luke Shaw has finally lived upto his promise at Old Trafford after being trusted by his manager, whereas Aaron Wan Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes are two signings that will continue to be the club’s backbone for the years to come. Paul Pogba seems happy at the club and might commit to a longer deal at the Old Trafford despite his agent’s sour words about his future.

Manchester United are planning a long term association with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He was consulted on the decision to appoint John Murtough as football director and Darren Fletcher as technical director, which shows that the top management have vested their faith in the Norwegian.

It is imminent that the Red Devils will offer him another contract. In hindsight, it proves to be a good decision from the board, led by Ed Woodward. Even with substandard resources, Manchester United have shown their resilience under the current manager and the team has looked better than it did any time after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

What must not go under the radar is the fact that signings remain a must for the club. The team is too reliant on the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, and there may be material results once the manager has a good enough depth- which currently is missing.