Man Utd chief Woodward backing Solskjaer and planning for January market

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Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward
Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward

Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the board’s full support and he will have money to spend in the January transfer market.

The United chief spoke to supporters representatives at a fans forum meeting held on November 20 and explained why he was encouraged by what he had been seeing under Solskjaer.

“What happens on the field is clearly our top priority, and while it’s not the same without fans in the stadium, we’ve seen lots of highs since our last meeting in April, with that 14-game unbeaten run to finish third in last season’s Premier League run and great wins against PSG and RB Leipzig on our return to the Champions League this season,” said Woodward.

“Of course, we recognise there’s more hard work ahead to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies. But we see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players.”

On the market, he continued: “I told this forum back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic.

“I believe we’ve delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over €200m since summer 2019 – more than any other major European club over that period. We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows.”

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