OFFICIAL: Solskjaer signs a new contract with Manchester United until 2024

Ed Woodward, Executive Vice-Chairman, said:

“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 Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho when he was sacked in 2018 and had one year left on his current deal but has put pen to paper on new terms.

Solskjaer led United to second place in the Premier League last term and into the final of the Europa League and is hoping to bring silverware back to Old Trafford in the 2021-22 campaign.

When Solskjaer was appointed as interim manager when Mourinho was sacked he was tasked with changing the mood inside the training ground and within his squad.

Having successfully managed that, and overseen an excellent run of results which saw United beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, there was clamour for him to be given the job on a permanent basis.

In March 2019 he was handed a permanent deal and in his first full season in charge he secured Champions League football for his side, finishing third behind champions Liverpool and runners-up Manchester City while getting to the semi-final of the Europa League.

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There was further progress last season with United finishing second behind champions Manchester City and getting to the final of the Europa League, where they lost to Villarreal on penalties.

For Solskjaer and this team to make the next step they need silverware. He has lost four semi-finals and a final since taking over and the club have not won a trophy since the Europa League in 2017 under Mourinho.

He has been given finance to add to his squad with the arrivals of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes, Alex Telles and most recently Jadon Sancho as he set about a cultural reboot of the team. Now he’s put his stamp on the team the real test will arrive as to whether he can really get United challenging again.

James maddison Arsenal verdict as Arteta ‘reaches wage agreement’ with top target

James Maddison is reportedly ‘open’ to a move to Arsenal with the club also meeting Tammy Abraham’s wage demands.

The two Premier League stars are at the top of Mikel Arteta’s shortlist this summer as he looks for a creative midfielder and a striker to help rebuild the Gunners squad.

The North London club’s number one priority is to sign a player in the mould of a no.10 and after permanent deals for Martin Odegaard, who returned to Real Madrid following his loan spell at Arsenal, and Emi Buendia, who joined Aston Villa, didn’t materialise – Maddison has emerged as their preferred choice.

Leicester have slapped a £60million price tag on their prized asset, but their asking price has almost halved since a year ago as Maddison’s form dipped following an injury-hit season.

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Mikel Arteta is said to be a huge admirer of the England international and is willing to offer several fringe players as makeweights to get the deal over the line.

And are reporting that the 24-year-old is ‘open’ to leaving the King Power Stadium this summer and is particularly keen on a switch to Arsenal.

Chelsea striker Abraham is another target for the Gunners as Thomas Tuchel has deemed the Englishman surplus to requirements despite being a regular under Frank Lampard earlier in the season.

Arteta would like to add attacking reinforcements with the club looking to offload Alexandre Lacazette.

And Arsenal are ‘ready to meet’ Abraham’s wage demands, according to the Express.

The 23-year-old is on an £80,000-a-week salary at Stamford Bridge, but wants a £125,000 wage if he is to make the move to Chelsea’s London rivals.

But it’s claimed that Arsenal are willing to offer him that pay increase as talks are ongoing between both parties.

Chelsea are asking for £40m for Abraham as they look to raise funds to sign Borussia Dortmund superstar Haaland who is valued at £150m.

Kane ‘set to miss Tottenham’s Premier League opener against Manchester City’

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to miss the start of the Premier League season following his exploits at Euro 2020.

Kane, who was part of the England side that reached the final of this summer’s competition, is expected to still be working on his fitness when the new campaign gets underway in three weeks’ time, as reported by The Telegraph.

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Tottenham begin the league season on August 15 against Manchester City, who have been strongly linked with a move for Kane.

However, it appears that Kane is unlikely to take part in the fixture for either club.

While many of Tottenham’s players are involved in pre-season, Kane has yet to return to training having played for England in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on July 11.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has insisted that he won’t sell Kane, despite suggestions that the striker could join City for £160million.

City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to bring in the prolific striker as a replacement for Sergio Aguero, who has joined Barcelona.

Kane has scored a hugely impressive 221 goals in 336 games for Tottenham but has still yet to win a trophy.

The 27-year-old has three years remaining on his current Tottenham contract.

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