Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “lucky” to still be the club’s manager, according to Arsenal legend Martin Keown. Solskjaer led United to a second-place finish in the Premier League this season. However, defeat in the Europa League final extended the club’s wait for a major trophy to four years.
Speaking passionately after the Europa League final defeat, Marcus Rashford insisted that that the players still believe in Solskjaer and what he is trying to do.
The Norwegian stressed the need to bolster his United side with new faces after Wednesday’s defeat to Villarreal.
‘Two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad altogether is important for us to go even further,’ he said.
‘I’m sure our challengers will also want to improve, so we’ll improve as much as we can.’
Solskjaer has failed to win a trophy since succeeding Jose Mourinho at the helm in late 2018.
Solskjaer’s contract at United is currently set to expire in the summer of 2022. The former Red Devils striker will be offered a three-year contract, according to The Telegraph.
Negotiations will begin in the next few weeks, with Solskjaer’s current deal due to expire at the end of next season. Such a deal would give him added security until 2025, while it was previously reported in March that any new contract could come with a pay rise to a salary of £9m per season.
United’s owners will reportedly give Solskjaer the support to build on his current squad, which by his own admission needs enhancement.