Ed Woodward has been speaking again and says Manchester United are committed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
This comes amid a rollercoaster season so far, with the club’s Champions League last 16 qualification hopes resting on the final group game.
Supporters are fairly split over Solskjaer’s future, although there have been some recent positive signs in the Premier League.
Chief executive Ed Woodward is seen as a largely disastrous influence behind the scenes.
He has been the constant presence in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era and is on his fourth manager.
Woodward is insisting on doubling down on Solskjaer, and says the club are behind the Norwegian.
Woodward was quoted by Sky Sports speaking to an online fan’s forum: “Of course, we recognise there’s more hard work ahead to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies. But we see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players.”
It would be unusual if Woodward said anything different which put Solskjaer under pressure. The ‘vote of confidence’ is often seen as a precursor to a sacking, so his words offer no guarantees if results take a sharp turn for the worse.
It’s certainly possible. After facing RB Leipzig, United have tricky games against Manchester City and Leeds United before Christmas, and a Carabao Cup quarter-final away at Everton.
The worst case scenario would see United exit two cup competitions over the next fortnight and lose momentum in the Premier League. Pressure will grow.
Woodward on transfers
Woodward also commented on transfers, although it was a typically generic statement, full of propaganda, and no mention of missing out on all of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer targets.
He said: “I told this forum back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic. I believe we’ve delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over €200m since summer 2019 – more than any other major European club over that period.
“We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows.”
Woodward’s comment on summer windows indicates January is not seen as a big priority for the club. That doesn’t mean that United will ignore it altogether, especially if injuries hit.
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