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Concluded Deal: Solskjaer sign three-year contract at Man U

There is a new driver in the wheel at the Old Trafford- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a three-year contract at Manchester United after impressing during his stint as caretaker manager.

The Norwegian, who returned to Old Trafford in December, has been given the reins by Ed Woodward and the Glazer family after leading his side to 14 wins from 19 games.

It is understood that Solskjaer was offered the job on a permanent basis earlier this week in a face-to-face meeting with executive vice chairman Woodward at the club's training facility.

His deal is worth around £7million a year, less than half the £18m basic the club were understood to have been paying the Norwegian's predecessor Jose Mourinho.

Sportsmail can also disclose that United will pay an undisclosed 'ex gratia' payment, thought to be in six figures, to Solskjaer's former club Molde. They are under no obligation to do so, but will make the payment as what an Old Trafford insider described as 'a goodwill gesture'.

Solskjaer has already discussed summer transfer targets at length with the club. Funds are available to strengthen and, according to a club source, will now 'advance to the next level'.

The source added: 'This was not simply about results. This was about Ole's whole approach, his style, his man management and his strong connection to the club's culture.'

Solskjaer may add to his backroom team but the likes of Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Emilio Alvarez are all going nowhere. Nothing has yet been confirmed on the future of Mike Phelan.

'From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,' said Solskjaer in a statement on the club website.



'It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we've done so far.



'This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I'm beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.'



The United legend played for the club between 1996 and 2007, scoring 126 goals in 366 appearances. He then coached United's reserve side until 2011.



Solskjaer has put a smile back on the faces of key personnel after a miserable final few months under Mourinho.

He said: 'It's truly an honour, I have spoken about it in the last few months, it is the dream job for any football-interested man, for anybody involved with Manchester United.

'I have been given the opportunity now to move the club forward. With all the potential there is, it is fantastic.'

Solskjaer was appointed on December 19 and his reign started three days later when United defeated Premier League strugglers Cardiff 5-1, with Marcus Rashford scoring the club's first goal under the manager they had effectively loaned from Molde.

United then defeated Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Reading, Tottenham, Brighton and Arsenal in consecutive games before fighting back from two goals down to claim a point against Burnley.

The first defeat came on February 12 when PSG won the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie 2-0 but United turned the scoreline around in Paris by winning 3-1 when the odds were stacked against them.

Solskjaer has received high praise for getting the best out of Manchester United's star players including Paul Pogba, Rashford and Anthony Martial.

United lost back-to-back games before the international break with Arsenal becoming the first side to beat Solskjaer's side in the Premier League before Wolves dumped the Red Devils out of the FA Cup.

However, those results have not put the Glazer family off appointing Solskjaer and he is now expected to be given a hefty transfer budget in the summer.

Woodward said: 'Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves.

'More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.

'I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly-deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.'

As a player, Solskjaer scored United's dramatic last-minute winner in the 1999 Champions League which resulted in them winning an historic Treble. He won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups as well as the Champions League.

As a manager, he has gained instant hero status with the current generation of United fans, with a terrace song dedicated to him: 'Ole's at the wheel'. This was referenced by United in their tweet confirming Solskjaer's appointment.

Of the fans, Solskjaer said: 'I've always had it but I have to say the last few months have been absolutely crazy with the way they've taken to the club, players, to me and the coaching staff as well. We've really appreciated that support and hopefully we can pay them back now.'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a three-year contract at Manchester United after impressing during his stint as caretaker manager.

The Norwegian, who returned to Old Trafford in December, has been given the reins by Ed Woodward and the Glazer family after leading his side to 14 wins from 19 games.

It is understood that Solskjaer was offered the job on a permanent basis earlier this week in a face-to-face meeting with executive vice chairman Woodward at the club's training facility.

His deal is worth around £7million a year, less than half the £18m basic the club were understood to have been paying the Norwegian's predecessor Jose Mourinho.

Sportsmail can also disclose that United will pay an undisclosed 'ex gratia' payment, thought to be in six figures, to Solskjaer's former club Molde. They are under no obligation to do so, but will make the payment as what an Old Trafford insider described as 'a goodwill gesture'.

Solskjaer has already discussed summer transfer targets at length with the club. Funds are available to strengthen and, according to a club source, will now 'advance to the next level'.

The source added: 'This was not simply about results. This was about Ole's whole approach, his style, his man management and his strong connection to the club's culture.'

Solskjaer may add to his backroom team but the likes of Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Emilio Alvarez are all going nowhere. Nothing has yet been confirmed on the future of Mike Phelan.

'From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,' said Solskjaer in a statement on the club website.



'It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we've done so far.



'This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I'm beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.'



The United legend played for the club between 1996 and 2007, scoring 126 goals in 366 appearances. He then coached United's reserve side until 2011.



Solskjaer has put a smile back on the faces of key personnel after a miserable final few months under Mourinho.

He said: 'It's truly an honour, I have spoken about it in the last few months, it is the dream job for any football-interested man, for anybody involved with Manchester United.

'I have been given the opportunity now to move the club forward. With all the potential there is, it is fantastic.'

Solskjaer was appointed on December 19 and his reign started three days later when United defeated Premier League strugglers Cardiff 5-1, with Marcus Rashford scoring the club's first goal under the manager they had effectively loaned from Molde.

United then defeated Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Reading, Tottenham, Brighton and Arsenal in consecutive games before fighting back from two goals down to claim a point against Burnley.

The first defeat came on February 12 when PSG won the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie 2-0 but United turned the scoreline around in Paris by winning 3-1 when the odds were stacked against them.

Solskjaer has received high praise for getting the best out of Manchester United's star players including Paul Pogba, Rashford and Anthony Martial.

United lost back-to-back games before the international break with Arsenal becoming the first side to beat Solskjaer's side in the Premier League before Wolves dumped the Red Devils out of the FA Cup.

However, those results have not put the Glazer family off appointing Solskjaer and he is now expected to be given a hefty transfer budget in the summer.

Woodward said: 'Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves.

'More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.

'I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly-deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.'

As a player, Solskjaer scored United's dramatic last-minute winner in the 1999 Champions League which resulted in them winning an historic Treble. He won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups as well as the Champions League.

As a manager, he has gained instant hero status with the current generation of United fans, with a terrace song dedicated to him: 'Ole's at the wheel'. This was referenced by United in their tweet confirming Solskjaer's appointment.

Of the fans, Solskjaer said: 'I've always had it but I have to say the last few months have been absolutely crazy with the way they've taken to the club, players, to me and the coaching staff as well. We've really appreciated that support and hopefully we can pay them back now.'

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