Woodward was speaking during the release of the club’s latest accounts. But the comments came after recent pressure on Solskjaer’s future and links to Mauricio Pochettino.
United are said to have probed Pochettino after two straight losses, including the 2-1 loss to Istanbul Basaksehir. However, Solskjaer toned down speculation with a 3-1 win at Everton before the international break.
Nonetheless, Castles warned that Woodward could still hang Solskjaer out to dry if the results turn sour.
Castles asked on the Transfer window podcast: “What did Woodward actually say?”
“He said” on the pitch, while there is still a lot of work to be done to achieve absolute consistency, we remain absolutely committed to the positive path we are taking under Ole as the team continues to grow. ”
“Yeah, you can read that as being absolutely committed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“But you can also read it because they’re absolutely on the positive path they’re on, and you can almost put ‘under Ole’ in brackets.
“It’s not ‘we are absolutely committed to Solskjaer as a manager’, it’s absolutely committed to what they describe as a positive path.”
Solskjaer could still face a sack
Castles went on to warn that despite assurances from Woodward, the boardroom chief will have no qualms about sacking the Norwegian.
“My hypothesis is that this [Woodward] wanted the message to be seen as a message of support for Solskjaer, ”Castles said.
“So that if Solskjaer were withdrawn and the results came to a point where they decide they need a change, and act on the communications they’ve had with the people of Mauricio Pochettino, they could go back and say ‘well, we didn’t’ not really say that, that engagement was on the positive path.
“We decided that the positive path had been ruled out, so we had to turn away from Solskjaer.”
UniEverton’s victory over Everton lifted the Red Devils to 14th place in the Premier League ahead of the international break.
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