Saturday, January 21, 2006
Solskjaer promised new United contract
MANCHESTER, England, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been promised a new contract by Manchester United if he proves he has fully recovered from his knee injury.
The Norwegian striker is on the comeback trail after missing
more than 18 months of football because of a knee injury and has
played three games for United since Christmas. His current
contract runs out after the end of the season.
"I have spoken to (United chief executive) David Gill about
this and if he comes through the injury, we will certainly be
talking to him," manager Alex Ferguson told reporters on
"We never expected him to come back as well as he has done.
He has not missed a training session since he's come back."
The 32-year-old Solskjaer, who joined United from Molde in
1996, is a hero at Old Trafford after scoring the injury-time
winner in their 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the 1999
Champions League final.
Ferguson revealed that despite fears Solskjaer would not
recover from his knee surgery, the forward always believed he
would play again.
"He never doubted it. He knew he would come back," Ferguson
said. "It has taken a lot of determination for the lad to do
that. It's a measure of the man. He is an outstanding man."
Solskjaer is in the Manchester United squad to face
Liverpool in their Premier League match at Anfield on Sunday.