Ed Woodward: Manchester United will support Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer window | Football News

Manchester United will back manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a long-term plan focused on the summer transfer windows, according to the club’s executive vice president Ed Woodward.

Woodward has backed Solskjaer on several occasions, most recently in November when the club released its first quarter financial results and reported a 20% drop in revenue due to losses from ticket sales.

Solskjaer’s position has come under closer scrutiny following defeats against Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir last month, but a four-game winning streak took the club to ninth place in the Premier League and one point of the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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And at a recent Manchester United fan forum meeting, which was held virtually, Woodward reiterated his support for the manager and said the club were happy with the progress made since the Norwegian took charge of the team. team for the first time two years ago.

Woodward said: “What happens on the pitch is clearly our top priority, and while it’s not the same without fans in the stadium, we’ve seen a lot of highs since we last met in April, with this series. of 14 games unbeaten to finish. third in the Premier League race last season and great victories against PSG and RB Leipzig on our return to the Champions League this season.

“Of course, we recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies. But we are seeing positive signs on the pitch and on the training ground that bolster our confidence in the progress made by Ole, his coaching staff and the players. .

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Ed Woodward and Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United attend a match during the annual UNICEF Manchester United Dinner at Old Trafford on November 25, 2019 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)
Ed Woodward has publicly supported Solskjaer more than once, the last in November

“I told this forum in April that we remain committed to strengthening the team, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic. I believe we’ve taken that into account, the additions we’ve made over the summer bringing our total net spending to over € 200million since summer 2019 – more than any other big European club in that time frame.

“We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruiting focused on summer windows. ”

Woodward also confirmed that the club are in talks with UEFA, the Association of European Clubs (ECA) and other European leagues over the future of UEFA club competitions.

In particular, the Champions League is increasingly threatened by the possibility of a breakaway Super League and reports this week that UEFA may be overseeing a radical overhaul of its competition format after 2024.

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Woodward says Manchester United results on the pitch are ‘top priority’

“Most of my time in this regard is focused, through the CEA and UCCSA [a joint-venture between the ECA and UEFA], on strengthening the existing UEFA club competitions, ”said Woodward. The dialogue centers on the fact that they continue to be mostly midweek games with little to no impact on the Premier League.

“We believe that any changes to European competition after 2024 must be complementary to the thriving national leagues. Other national leagues feel the same, which is reflected in conversations with our counterparts from other clubs and countries.

“What I can assure you is that we will keep match supporters at the center of thinking, whether with the Premier League, ECA or UEFA, and in all of our decision-making processes, because the past eight months have reminded us of this. how crucial you are to the structure of the game. This game without fans is nothing. ”

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