Norwegian striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has agreed a new two-year deal with Manchester United and hopes to continue his career at the club in a coaching capacity when his playing days are over.

Solskjaer has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons AND returned to first-team action in December after an 18-month lay-off. He then suffered a fractured cheekbone in a reserve match earlier this month.

“I have always felt at home here and I want to repay the loyalty that has been shown to me by the club, the fans and Sir Alex,” Solskjaer told the club’s website on Friday.

“Although my priority is to keep playing I am looking forward to exploring the coaching opportunity being given to me by the club.

“I have spent many happy years at Old Trafford and it will be a great privilege to represent the club in a wider role.”

Ferguson said he envisaged Solskjaer continuing to work for the club when his playing career ended.

“It will take Ole to 35 and gives him the opportunity to develop his coaching experience. We also foresee him having a key role as an ambassador for the club in the future.”

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