Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says Manchester United remain focused on “rebuilding the team” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United have announced club-record revenue for the past financial year of £627.1million as they continue to be a hugely-successful commercial operation under the stewardship of Woodward and owners, the Glazer family.
On the pitch, things are not going as well. Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham leaves them eighth in the Premier League table, already 10 points behind leaders Liverpool, with Solskjaer’s side losing two of their first six games.
Solskjaer has been criticised in some quarters although it’s Woodward who has had to take more flak from certain sections of the Old Trafford fanbase, despite spending heavily on summer transfer deals for Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Former midfielder Paul Ince has also had his say on the club’s current problems and has hit out at the way Woodward is running the club.
However, Woodward has released a short statement backing Solskjaer and says United’s plans remain on course as they look to ultimately compete for silverware again.
They have not won the league title since 2013 and their last trophy was the Europa League triumph under former boss Jose Mourinho in 2017.
Woodward said: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager. This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our Academy.
“Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.”
Next up for the Red Devils is a home Carabao Cup third-round tie against Rochdale on Wednesday before they will hope to bounce back from the defeat at the London Stadium when they resume Premier League action at home to Arsenal on Monday.