Solskjaer signs new deal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a new contract with Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a new contract with Manchester United, and will also embrace a coaching role at the club.

The popular Norwegian put pen-to-paper on a two-year extension with the club he joined from Molde back in 1996.

After returning from a career-threatening knee injury, Solskjaer suffered a further blow when fracturing his cheekbone in a reserve team clash with Middlesbrough's Ugo Ehiogu.

That injury has effectively ruled the 33-year-old out for this season but United and Sir Alex Ferguson have shown great faith in the 1999 European Cup final hero, who would have been out of contract this summer.

It is anticipated that Solskjaer will pursue his coaching career within Old Trafford, whilst still trying to maintain an influence on the pitch.

"I have always felt at home here and I want to repay the loyalty that has been shown to me by the club, the fans and Sir Alex," he said in a statement on United's official website.

"It has been a difficult and frustrating few years for me but I'm determined to prove my worth over the next few years and I am sure I can contribute to the team and their success.

"Although my priority is to keep playing, I am looking forward to exploring the coaching opportunity being given to me by the club.

"I have spent many happy years at Old Trafford and it will be a great privilege to represent the club in a wider role."

Ferguson outlined his plan for the forward, also speaking to United's official website.

"It will take Ole to 35 and gives him the opportunity to develop his coaching experience," said the United manager.

"We also foresee him having a key role as an ambassador for the club in the future."

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