Ed Woodward has pledged his support to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite Manchester United’s poor form (Picture: Getty)Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has insisted that the club made the right decision to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis despite the club’s miserable end of season form.
Solskjaer galvanised United following his appointment as caretaker manager in December after Jose Mourinho had been dismissed and he was rewarded for his efforts with a full-time three-year contract in March.
However, United won only two and lost eight of their final 12 games of the season and were booed off the pitch following their calamitous 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City at Old Trafford on the final day of the Premier League season.
Given the team’s struggles in recent months, United’s decision to hire Solskjaer before the campaign had concluded has been called into question. Woodward, though, is adamant that the Norwegian can turn things around.
Manchester United were beaten 2-0 Cardiff City at home on the final day of the season (Picture: Getty)‘It [the season] clearly didn’t end the way we hoped, finishing in sixth place and with a disruptive managerial change part way through,’ Woodward said.
‘However, Ole and the squad battled back from December to be in contention to qualify for the Champions League next season but ultimately we came up short.
‘While the last few weeks were disappointing, we are delighted to have confirmed the appointment of Ole as our manager on a three-year contract, and to have confirmed key members of the coaching team, Mick Phelan, Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Mark Dempsey will all be remaining at the club.
‘Everyone at the club – the board, the manager, the squad and all the staff – are resolute in our desire to get United back to the top of English football. We continually look to improve staff on and off the pitch to achieve this.’
United have spent heavily in the transfer market over the past few seasons and another expensive summer awaits the club following a desperately disappointing campaign.
Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho is one of the players linked with Manchester United (Picture: Getty)A host of names have been linked with moves to Old Trafford including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Woodward confirmed that Solskjaer would receive financial backing in the transfer market.
‘The strength of our business means we have the financial resources to continue to provide backing for the manager and creating success on the pitch,’ he said.
‘This as ever remains our number one goal.’
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