Why Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have had ‘no progress’ over new contract

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Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have reportedly made “no progress” over agreeing a new contract for the Norwegian boss. Solskjaer’s current contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer of 2022.

United are currently second in the Premier League table, though are unlikely to catch runaway leaders Manchester City.

The Red Devils are in the quarter-final of the FA Cup and can reach the same stage of the Europa League if they overcome AC Milan in the second leg of the last-16 tie on Thursday.

Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy as United boss and has lost all four semi-finals his side have played in.

And it appears the lack of silverware has had an impact on the time it is taking for talks over a new contract to commence.

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Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window podcast says United are yet to respond positively to Solskjaer’s agent’s request of negotiating a contract extension.

McGarry said: “[Regular listeners] of the podcast will no doubt remember that we were again first to break the news that Jim Solbakken, who is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s agent, had been in touch with Manchester United with regards to extending the manager’s contract which expires a year in the summer.

“It’s our information that that invitation from Solbakken – if that’s what we can call it, maybe we can call it a sales pitch instead – has not been taken up and there has been little or no progress with regards to Solskjaer extending his stay at Old Trafford.

“This probably isn’t a surprise on the basis that even Gary Neville has recently said that United must win a trophy this season.

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“They have the opportunity to do that of course, albeit reduced.

“But the fact of the matter is, to be Manchester United manager you are expected to win.

“Solskjaer is in a position where he needs to win in order to have the leverage and also be able to have a bargaining position with regards to a new deal.”

Meanwhile, former City and England right-back Danny Mills believes winning a trophy is a necessity for Solskjaer this season.

“What have they been in now? Four semi-finals? Lost all of them,” Mills said on talkSPORT.

“Somehow you’ve got to get a winning mentality. You can’t keep being the bridesmaid, at some point you’ve got to get over that line.

“If they get to that stage again and they lose in the semi-finals again you start to think ‘well hang on a minute, are you the new Tottenham?’.

“What’s the extra level that gets you across the line? Surely that has to be partly the manager.”

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