Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘to be offered a new Man United deal and receive substantial support in the summer transfer window’ despite trophy-less season after Europa League final heartbreak against Villarreal
- Man United finished second in the league and lost in the Europa League final
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under fire for a defeat against Villarreal in Gdansk
- But Norwegian will get a new contract at Old Trafford this summer
- The club will support him in the transfer market with three earmarked key positions
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will get a new contract this summer and will receive significant support in the transfer market.
Despite ending the season without a trophy and ending the season with a bitter defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final, the club has to give Solskjaer a new deal.
According to the Telegraph, the Norwegian will open talks with United about a new three-year extension, with his current contract expiring next year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reportedly be offered a new deal at Manchester United this summer
Villarreal upset United in the Europa League final on Wednesday evening after a penalty shootout
The United hierarchy remains convinced that Solskjaer, 48, is the man off the track after an improved season and second place finish in the Premier League.
Despite the progress made this season, there remains an inconsistency in performance, typified by United’s 11-10 shootout defeat on Wednesday night to underdogs Villarreal, who finished seventh in LaLiga.
To take the next step and challenge champions Manchester City while competing in the Champions League, it is recognized that new additions are needed.
And United would be preparing to support their manager in the transfer market.
A broad forward, defender and central midfielder have been identified as the crucial areas to improve.
Solskjaer was unable to lead his team to silverware this season, but will be backed in the summer
Jadon Sancho, a target from last summer, is still the preferred option as a wide striker and should be available for a more attractive price than the £108 million demanded by Borussia Dortmund less than 12 months ago.
Fellow Englishman Jack Grealish is another potential wide-ranging attacker, but Solskjaer has identified Sancho as his No.1 pick.
Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, will remain in place until the end of 2021, so the impact of his departure won’t be felt in the summer transfer window.
He will work with the transfer committee and Solskjaer to bring in a defender and central midfield player after Donny van de Beek’s £ 40 million addition appears to have failed.
Jadon Sancho (left) and Jack Grealish are both options for Manchester United this summer
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The Dutchman would be looking for certainty about his future and he was an unused substitute on Wednesday evening, despite United urgently needed new legs in extra time.
In terms of releases, either David de Gea or Dean Henderson seems likely to be leaving as both are desperate for the number 1 role.
And Paul Pogba’s future is undecided, as it seems to be every summer.
There is a general feeling that the transfer window is of huge importance and will determine Solskjaer’s reign.
Gary Neville reflected on Wednesday: “ I haven’t played well in weeks and a continuation of form recently last night.
“There will be pressure on Ole and the team. Justly. I have to do well this summer and a good start to the next season is badly needed! ‘
It remains to be seen if there will be another Paul Pogba transfer saga this summer