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Former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final. He has now signed a new deal as coach of the team until 2024. Image Credit: Action Images via Reuters

Manchester: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a contract extension through at least the 2023-24 season, the club said today.

The show of confidence in Solskjaer follows a second-place finish in the Premier League and a trip to Europa League final. The deal includes an option for 2024-25.

“Ole and his staff have worked tirelessly putting the foundations in place for longterm success on the pitch,” United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said. “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.”

The Norwegian was hired in December 2018 as an interim replacement for Jose Mourinho, and he was made permanent later that season.

“Everyone knows the feeling I have for this club,” Solskjaer said, “and I am delighted to have signed this new contract. It is an exciting time for Manchester United. We have built a squad with a good balance of youth and experienced players that are hungry for success.”

Long drought

United ended last season without silverware after losing the Europa League final to Villareal on penalties. It’s the longest drought for United since the 1980s, in the early days of Alex Ferguson’s otherwise trophy-filled reign.

Solskjaer said United is “ready to take that next step.”

“Manchester United wants to be winning the biggest and best trophies and that’s what we are all striving for,” Solskajer said. “We have improved, both on and off the pitch, and that will continue over the coming seasons.”

Solskajer played for United from 1996-2007 and scored 126 goals. His most famous goal was his late winner in the 1999 Champions League final.