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Manchester United are set to play Molde in a friendly as part of the compensation package for taking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the Norwegian club

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Manchester United are set to play Molde in a friendly as part of the compensation package for taking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the Norwegian club

The agreement between United and Molde includes ‘a goodwill gesture’ and it’s understood that an exhibition game between the two clubs is a strong possibility.

United announced three more pre-season fixtures earlier this week, and there is a 10-day gap between them playing Tottenham in Shanghai on July 25 and AC Milan in Cardiff on August 3 when another game could feasibly be fitted in.

United want to make sure Molde are compensated properly for Solskjaer after he was appointed on a three-year full-time contract, three months after returning to Old Trafford in a caretaker role. The 46-year-old has subsequently confirmed that his £400,000-a-year deal at Molde was torn up at the time because a coach cannot have two contracts.

United are understood to have initially paid Molde less than £500,000 to appoint Solskjaer until the end of the season with compensation set to follow now he has been given the job permanently.

Sportsmail revealed last month that senior officials from Molde had been invited to watch United’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain from the directors’ box at Old Trafford in a move aimed at maintain good relations between the two clubs.

A lucrative friendly would be another offering of good will from United who could never have expected Solskjaer’s appointment to work out so well.

Molde chief Oystein Neerland confirmed that his club will be paid compensation, saying: ‘Molde will get compensation but there was no fee agreed beforehand. I have had contact with Ed Woodward yesterday and today. Then Ole communicated this to us today.’

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