Rival fans rejoiced over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's new contract because he is Manchester United's weak link, according to Liverpool legend John Aldridge.

The Norwegian was handed a new three-year deal last month after overseeing a reversal in United's fortunes in his two-and-a-half years at the club as manager, leading them to a runners-up position in both the Premier League and Europa League last season.

But Aldridge isn't convinced that the new deal was the right decision by the Old Trafford club and believes that he was fortunate to receive one after a trophyless run as boss.

"The decision to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new contract was greeted with delight by fans of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City because, at this moment, he is still a coach with so much to prove," The ex-Ireland international wrote in his Sunday World column.

"Solskjaer seems like a great fella, but the record books confirm he has won nothing of note as a manager – and until he gets his hands on trophies, questions will be asked.

"United should have won the Europa League last season, but they messed it up in the final against Villarreal, and, once again, Solskjaer was left to explain another failure in a cup competition.

"There's no doubt United have improved under his watch, as they were a bit of mess by the time Jose Mourinho left in December 2018.

"Yet, when a manager is in charge of a massive football club and wins nothing for two-and-a-half years, he is fortunate to be handed a new three-year contract."

Solskjaer's new deal runs until 2024 and has the option to be extended for a further year to 2025, which would take him to six-and-a-half years as manager - the longest serving boss since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement by a distance.

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