For so many unwanted reasons, Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always been in the news. For every poor result the club produces, there are several calls from the fans and some pundits to the club to sack the Norwegian. If the international hasn't offered a break from all of those calls, the club's latest action should excite the Red Devils manager.
Recall that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed in 2019 after the sacking of José Mourinho. He has since steadied the ship at the club. However, the Manchester United manager hasn't won any trophy for the club.
In fact, after losing about three different semifinals matches, he lost the only final he has managed to get Manchester United into. A penalty shoot-out loss to Villarreal ensuring the club remains without trophies.
Before the season commenced, he received a lot of backing in the transfer market, he was offered a new contract and Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the club. Finally, it looked as though, this would be the season.
Unfortunately, things haven't gone the way they would have wanted. Manchester United have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup, they have lost a game in the Champions League, and are winless in two consecutive Premier League games. As a result, many Manchester United fans are calling for Solskjaer to be sacked.
At the moment, Manchester United appear to be satisfied with what Solskjaer is doing, and they have certainly done something that suggests this. The club, after offering Solksjaer a new contract at the beginning of the season, have now offered his assistant manager Mike Philean a contract extension too.
This should be good news to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. As the fans are calling for his sacking, Antonio Conte and some other managers are being mentioned as potential replacements. Should any of them be hired, then Solskjaer and his assistants will have to go.
Hence, if they club were to be considering a managerial change, they wouldn't have offered Solskjaer's assistant a contract extension. Mike Philean has extended his contract till 2024, the same year as Solskjaer. Himself, Philean and Michael Carrick will still be trusted for the future.
While those fans calling for Solskjaer's replacement will not feel too happy about this, one man who would be pleased is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Certainly, Mike Philean would be as well, but not as much as the former player nicknamed “the baby-faced assassin”.
A big sorry to coaches like Conte and Zidane, Solskjaer looks likely to continue for the forceable future, as the club's action suggests. While the fans would continue to grumble after each bad result, Solskjaer would be happy about the club's action for now. Happy times Ole, you have the club's backing. Don't let him down.
Are the club right to have offered Mike Philean a contract extension in what looks like a show of support for Ole? Have your say below.
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