Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Wins January's Premier League Manager of the Month Award

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Phil Jones has become the latest Manchester United player to be rewarded with a new contract, signing a deal which will keep him at the club until at least 2023, the club announced on Friday.

The fullback is expected to sign the contract with the very same pay-roll which is £110,000 per week. "I've supported and followed Manchester United for many years and I did have a clear view on what I thought my opinion would be [on arrival]".

But Solskjaer believes Pogba and Lingard cannot only keep them there this season but drive them on to a genuine title challenge next year and beyond.

Lingard said United, now two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League places, were setting their sights higher for next season.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he will learn a key aspect about the character of his Manchester United players from their trip to Fulham on Saturday.

Woodward will certainly have been impressed by the confidence Solskjaer has instilled in the previously ailing side, with the caretaker boss liking how Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard have this week spoken up their title ambitions.

Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo have also signed new deals within the last twelve months - despite not doing an terrible lot performance-wise to justify it.

"You can not be a good leader or a manager without good players.so ultimately it's how they respond to what we tell them and they've been fantastic, so all credit to them".

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"It reveals do we have the focus on what's important, which is always the next game in football".

The Spaniard has only kept five Premier League clean sheets this season, though, with United struggling at the back despite their improvement in recent weeks.

United also have the option to trigger a further one-year extension, which would take Jones into his thirties at the club he joined in 2011.

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