Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has two big problems to solve after signing new contract


    Manchester United have quashed any lingering doubts over the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by handing the 47-year-old a brand new contract at Old Trafford. Red Devils chairman Ed Woodward has been a vocal supporter of the Norwegian boss in recent months and will be hoping that he can build on last season’s improved campaign by ending the club’s four-year wait for silverware at the next time of asking.

    Solskjaer is currently preparing for another attempt at leading United to Premier League glory off the back of a second-placed finish, with Manchester City taking the title race by storm after the turn of the year.

    The 20-time champions were also runners-up in the Europa League, with Villarreal eventually clinching the trophy at the end of a long and painful shoot-out in the final.

    United have already moved to strengthen their ranks by acting quickly in the summer transfer window to complete the signings of Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton.

    The former will be expected to play a starring role out wide next season after finally sealing his move from Borussia Dortmund after several failed attempts.

    Meanwhile, the latter appears set to play a back-up role between the sticks after his release from Aston Villa earlier in the summer.

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    Although Solskjaer will be more than happy with the Red Devils’ early work in the market, there are a number of lingering issues that will come back to haunt him over the course of his new three-year contract unless they are addressed as a matter of priority.

    The most pressing dilemma facing the United boss looks to be that of Paul Pogba’s immediate future, with the Frenchman out of contract at the end of next season.

    As of yet, there has been no indication that he will agree fresh terms at Old Trafford, which opens up the possibility of a move elsewhere ahead of the new campaign.

    Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be keen admirers of the 28-year-old, with the French heavyweights confident of a deal being agreed for as little as £43million, according to The Telegraph.

    However, Pogba played a significant role for United last season and his presence in the middle of the park would be sorely missed in the event of his departure.


    Solskjaer cannot afford to stall on his decision over whether to cash in ahead of next season, with United certain to be keen on avoiding the prospect of losing him for nothing in a year’s time.

    It seems as though a new contract will need to be agreed sooner rather than later in order to stand any chance of retaining Pogba, but if this is not possible, then Solskjaer may be forced into making the tough call to sell United’s record signing.

    The United boss will also have to negotiate the capture of a world-class striker before his new three-year deal is up, with current first-choice marksman Edinson Cavani rapidly approaching his 35th birthday.

    The Uruguay international established himself as a hugely important player for the Red Devils last season with 17 goals in all competitions.

    However, he cannot be expected to lead the line on a long-term basis given his age and resultant lack of ability to play 90 minutes every single week.

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    Dortmund talisman Erling Haaland is known to be a long-term target, but the likelihood of a future move to Old Trafford remains uncertain as a result of the unprecedented amount of money that will surely be needed to secure his signature.

    Mino Raiola, who recently underlined his desire to make Haaland the first ever £1m-per-week player, could also spell trouble for United in his role as the 20-year-old’s agent.

    His outspoken nature has consistently annoyed club chiefs, especially with regards to his representation of Pogba, and it remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will be prepared to continue his working relationship with the controversial 53-year-old.

    The Red Devils manager will be fully expected to deliver on the club’s title-winning potential by the end of the next three years, and he will need to tread carefully and make the right decisions in order to give himself the best chance of living up to expectations.

    United are clearly prepared to place their trust in Solskjaer as he seeks to restore former glories, but he will be tested beyond belief over the course of his new contract and his movements from the off will be crucial in shaping his true legacy at Old Trafford after everything has been said and done.


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