Football analyst Jason Burt has explained that the main job for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to tie down players he wants in future with long term contracts.

Solskjaer was appointed permanent manager last week after leading the club to 14 wins in 19 games and his first game in charge as fulltime coach saw Manchester United beat Watford 2-1 at Old Trafford. It has been reported that Solskjaer would want to see Alexis Sanchez and Marcos Rojo leave the club so as to acquire fresh talent but he has also managed to tie down Phil Jones, Anthony Martial while Ashley Young had his contract extended by one year.

"It was logical to do it now and on the back of two defeats, so it stopped that sense of whether they were actually going to give him the job. You are in a period now where you are talking about contract negotiations with players and transfer targets and it just quietens that down." Burt told the Sunday Supplement.

Future desires

"They are now moving from a different phase from whether he is going to get the job, now he has got the job, what happens next. And it is interesting as clearly, he was not going to be the full-time manager when he was appointed, I do not think anyone at Man Utd expected him to do the job he has done to the degree he has. I think they thought he would calm it down and bring a better atmosphere to the club, but not to achieve the results he has done. So what they have to do now us move away from that period of just get us back to where we want to be and then try and move forward now to the club they need to be in the future." Burt concluded.

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