Manchester United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, appears to have reacted to Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s plea for his team to be beefed up.
The Red Devils suffered a surprise defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday, losing 3-1 at home, in what was their first game of the season.
After the encounter, Solskjaer reiterated the need for improvements to be made to the squad, saying, “You can see we are short and [Palace] deserved the points.
“They were sharper than us in challenges, tackles. We had a long season last season and we didn’t finish until August 16 and we have not had enough preparation time to be sharper.
“Then again, we’re always, always looking to improve if there’s something out there that’s available to the right price. We always want to strengthen but I think we can all look ourselves in the mirror today instead.”
While Woodward hasn’t directly replied to those comments, he seemed to make reference to them in his program notes recently, when he wrote, “Disruption from the pandemic is continuing to create huge economic pressure from the top to the bottom of the football pyramid and while we are fortunate to be in a more resilient position than most clubs, we are not immune from impact.”
Woodward’s comments come weeks after he initially warned that spending will be controlled and restricted this summer, due to the unexpected outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.