With just two wins in the previous ten Premier League games, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might not be enjoying the best time on the pitch as manager of Manchester United. However, no one can deny that he’s overseeing some serious progress off it.
Chris Smalling’s departure signals the beginning of the end for the tragic trio – Smalling, Phil Jones, and Ashley Young – while Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, and Matteo Darmian’s respective exits demonstrate the kind of ruthlessness Old Trafford has been desperately missing for so many years.
Additionally, youth prospects Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and James Garner are all on the precipice of the first-team, and the club finally look like they’ve done some good business in the transfer market with the arrivals of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James, the latter of whom currently tops the United’s score chart alongside Marcus Rashford (three goals in four games).
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Perhaps most importantly however, is the fact that Solskjaer has tied down two key players to long-term contracts. David de Gea, one of the club’s few world-class talents, announced on Monday that he’d extended his stay in Manchester until 2023, while Victor ‘Ice Man’ Lindelöf joined him on Wednesday.
The Sweden international will call the Theatre of Dreams his home until 2024.
The 2018 Swedish Footballer of the Year has been one of the club’s few good performers over the past couple of seasons and was perhaps unlucky to be pipped to last year’s United player of the year award by left-back Luke Shaw.
A number of players rushed to the defender’s Instagram when he announced the deal, including Smalling, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Diogo Dalot and De Gea…