Woodward publicly backs Solskjaer

Manchester United executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, has publicly given his backing to the coach, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, amid reports his job is in jeopardy.

The Red Devils have taken just 10 points from a possible 21, after 7 matches in the Premier League, with zero home wins, and three losses in all.

The inconsistent results have triggered talks that the club’s Norwegian gaffer may be fired soon, although they bounced back to winning ways against Everton last weekend.

This appears to have forced Woodward to reiterate the club’s support for Solskjaer, as league football takes a break.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant disruption, we are optimistic that the recovery and normalisation phase is gradually coming into view,” Woodward said in a statement released along with United’s recent financial report.

“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.

“We recognise that not all football clubs are in as robust of a financial position and that the Premier League has a responsibility to support the wider English football pyramid.

“We will continue to push for this support, both through emergency assistance during the pandemic, and through longer-term reforms to ensure that the success of the Premier League is reinforced for the benefit of the national game as a whole.

“On the pitch, 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.

“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.

“Finally, I would like to stress our steadfast commitment to increasing equality, diversity and inclusion across our club and the game as a whole. To that end, we were pleased to be among the first clubs to sign up to the FA Football Leadership Diversity Code.

“Football has made good progress in this area but there is much more work to do and Manchester United is determined to be at the forefront of those efforts.”

Meanwhile, United’s latest financial report, which was erroneously published early by US company, Toppan Merrill, show the coronavirus has affected revenue seriously, with matchday finances the worst hit.