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Man Utd chief Ed Woodward’s private verdict on firing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid poor form


Man Utd chief Ed Woodward’s private verdict on firing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid poor form

According to reports, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is confident that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn the club’s fortunes around in the coming weeks and months.

The Red Devils manager is currently under a lot of external pressure to get things right after a shaky start to the new Premier League season.

United currently sit outside the top five in the league, with Solskjaer’s side in sixth place after winning just four of their eight games this season.

The Red Devils have only won one of their last four games in all competitions and face an extremely difficult run of fixtures in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday evening, they will face Atalanta in the Champions League, followed by a visit to Old Trafford by Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Between now and the November international break, United will also face Tottenham, Atalanta, and Manchester City.

The club’s recent poor form has prompted calls for Solskjaer, who signed a long-term contract extension in July, to be relieved of his responsibilities.

However, it appears that Woodward is determined to stick by his man and give him every opportunity to deliver a positive reaction before the season ends.

According to the Daily Star, the United manager and his fellow board members have privately backed Solskjaer’s success and ruled out the possibility of firing him in the near future.

According to the report, Solskjaer will keep his job even if United fail to regain their form in the coming weeks.

Over the summer, he received strong backing from the board, with the likes of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho joining United in big-money moves before the deadline.

The Red Devils also succeeded in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester on a lucrative two-year deal with the option of a third on the final day of the transfer window.

United director John Murtough recently emphasized his desire to keep Solskjaer at the helm, insisting that the club’s decision-makers will not be swayed by social media outrage.

“[We] need to keep control, don’t get carried away, don’t deviate from our plan,” Murtough told a fans’ forum last month.

“Ole and the staff are very focused on that. We have a long-term strategy and confidence in the direction that we’re going.

“We believe that we’ve got the talent and the character within the squad to succeed. The Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world.

“Players from abroad and other leagues tell us how [challenging] it is, but we are 100 per cent up for that.

“[We] don’t get distracted by what’s said on social media, which can sometimes create fervour and hysteria.

“It’s part of the modern game, but we stay focused.”


Man Utd chief Ed Woodward’s private verdict on firing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid poor form

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