Ed Woodward has promised Manchester United fans that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have funds in the transfer market to spend in a much-needed summer overhaul.
In a season to forget for United, the Red Devils finished off with a dire 2-0 defeat to relegated Cardiff City and ended up as close to the relegation zone as they were to champions Manchester City in the league.
Faced with Europa League football next season, it’s reported by the Manchester Evening News that United are prepared to sign as many players that are sold in the upcoming window.
Attracting high-quality players could prove difficult but after an underwhelming summer spree a year ago, Woodward said Solskjaer will have the backing in the market.
“It clearly didn’t end the way we hoped, finishing sixth place,” Woodward reflected on a conference call.
And with a disruptive managerial change part way through. 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.
“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. This – as ever – remains our number one goal.”
After a horrid run during which United did not win any of their last five games in the Premier League, a sizeable section of supporters on social media started ‘#UnfollowManUnited’ as a way of trying to send a message to their beloved club.
The thinking is that if enough people unfollow the club on Twitter, it will serve as a wake up call for Woodward, who has done wonders in terms of sponsorship and revenue but not been at in when it comes to recruiting players.
United legend Gary Neville has been a frequent ranter on the above subject and was at his most blunt in the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield a couple of weeks back.
“This isn’t a team at all,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“It reminds me of the Tottenham group Pochettino inherited, with Kaboul, Adebayor, Capoue in, a group of individuals without any real spirit – he dismantled it piece by piece.
“Ole will need to do the same, it’d be nice if the club got an experienced sporting director to help him, but the shambles of that recruitment reported in the press this week hasn’t helped.”
How many new signings do United need? How far away are they from challenging at the top again?