Ed Woodward has again backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and insists he will be backed in the transfer market.
It seems Manchester United officials are encouraged by the manager’s work as well as the “positive signs” they’ve seen on the training ground.
Ed Woodward told a fans forum meeting that Solskjaer has the faith of the board, while admitting consistency needs to improve if we are to win trophies.
The United chief spoke to supporters representatives via Zoom on November 20 and explained why he was encouraged by Solskjaer and the work he’s doing as United manager.
“What happens on the field is clearly our top priority, and while it’s not the same without fans in the stadium, we’ve seen lots of highs since our last meeting in April, with that 14-game unbeaten run to finish third in last season’s Premier League run and great wins against PSG and RB Leipzig on our return to the Champions League this season,” said Woodward.
“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.”
Woodward also told supporters he believes the club had “delivered” on what they had set out to achieve during the summer window.
He added that the club would continue to back Solskjaer, but suggested moves will be made to strengthen the side in the summer rather than January.
United signed Bruno Fernandes last January, but nobody is expecting a signing like that this time around. He’s had a huge influence on the team and I’d go as far as to say our best signing of the post-Ferguson era.
“I told this forum back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic,” said Woodward.
“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.”
Time will tell if they change their tune and back Solskjaer properly…