Ed Woodward Publicly Backs Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward has publicly backed under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite a poor start to the season that sees the English giants languishing in 14th place in the Premier League.
After dire displays that resulted in United losing 1-0 at home to Arsenal and 2-1 away to Turkish minnows Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League in the space of four days, the knives were being sharpened ahead of the teams trip to Goodison Park before the international break.
However, as he has done on more than one occasion in his two years as manager, Solskjaer pulled a result out when he needed it, and avoided Woodward having to make a difficult decision.
As the club released their latest financial results, Woodward declared his backing of Solskjaer, saying “While there is still hard work ahead to achieve greater consistency, we remain absolutely committed to the positive path we are on under Ole as the team continues to develop.
While a public backing is often the kiss of death for a manager, Solskjaer has an arguably easier run of fixtures in the lead up to the busy Christmas period, with matches against West Brom, West Ham, Sheffield United and Leeds United all winnable.
This run is punctuated by a tricky away game against surprise leaders Southampton, and the first Manchester Derby of the season.
The Manchester Derby and the home fixture against newly-promoted Leeds would normally have had fans licking their lips, however, the UK will stay in lockdown until December 2 and there are no plans to have fans in stadiums until the new year.
The clubs finances continue to take a hit as Old Trafford remains closed to fans on match days.
“We miss playing in front of our fans and we are working hard together with our governing bodies and relevant authorities to ensure that fans can safely return as soon as possible.”
“While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant disruption, we are optimistic that the recovery and normalisation phase is gradually coming into view,” said Woodward. “The club’s resilience and our strong commercial business continue to provide a solid foundation and gives us confidence in our long-term outlook beyond the pandemic, both on and off the pitch,” concluded Woodward.