Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘lucky’ to still be at Manchester United, says Arsenal legend Martin Keown as club prepare new deal for manager

Martin Keown feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is 'lucky' to still be at Manchester United
Martin Keown feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘lucky’ to still be at Manchester United (Pictures: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘lucky’ to still be at Manchester United, former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown has said as the Red Devils prepare a new contract for the Norwegian manager.

Man United are believed to be drafting a new three-year deal for Solskjaer, who arrived at Old Trafford in December 2018 after Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

Solskjaer has endured a turbulent spell in the Old Trafford hot-seat and is yet to lead the club to a trophy, with his team losing this season’s Europa League final to Spanish outfit Villarreal.

Despite the setback, Manchester United view Solskjaer as their long-term manager and are ready to back the 48-year-old by offering him a new deal and a substantial transfer kitty ahead of this summer’s window.

Asked if Solskjaer deserves a new contract, Arsenal legend Keown told talkSPORT: ‘If we’re going to look at the previous standards, then no. But following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, no one has been able to recreate that.

‘They’ve had a succession of managers at the club but have not really been trusted and had a working relationship [with the club] and I do feel that with Ole.

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‘I do feel, when you look at it, he’s lucky to still be there really. He knows the standards that are being set and he can’t keep suffering disappointments, semi-final after semi-final, getting to finals.

‘I do think he’s fortunate but this is the current day Manchester United.’

Solskjaer’s United finished second in the Premier League this season, 12 points behind champions Manchester City, and Keown added: ‘We’re used to seeing Manchester United win things. It’s almost a rebirth of United but how long have we got to wait?

‘Yes, the consistency and finishing second in the Premier League is probably what’s going to get him a new deal but when it comes to it you’ve got to win something.’

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