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Man Utd chief lists the three club “objectives” keeping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the job

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:31, 18 October 2019

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has no intention of sacking under pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he’s core to “three football objectives” that shape the club.

The 46-year-old Norwegian tactician has come under heavy criticism following the Red Devils’ poor start to the 2019/20 season. Man Utd find themselves sitting just two points above the relegation zone after their opening eight Premier League matches.

Solskjaer’s malaise: Five key things to know…

  • Club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became Man Utd’s fourth manager in the post-Ferguson era.
  • As interim manager, he won 14 of his 19 matches in charge.
  • However, since becoming Man Utd’s permanent boss, the Red Devils have won six of 21 games.
  • A poor start to 2019/20 sees Man Utd sit two points below the Premier League relegation places after eight matches.
  • Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has ruled out sacking Solskjaer as he’s core to their values.

Solskjaer, who enjoyed an illustrious playing career at Old Trafford, returned last December after Jose Mourinho was sacked for a lacklustre opening and in his interim period United were playing some of their best football in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson period.

However, since being appointed as full-time boss at the backend of last season, Man Utd have embarked on a run of six wins from 21 matches played which has seen Solskjaer’s stock fall and a number of supporters begin to call for his removal.

Woodward, who made Solskjaer the club’s fourth manager following Ferguson stepping down in 2013, recognises the disgruntlement but is backing his man in the dugout feeling they’re on the right track.

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“The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be,” he said.

“We saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants. Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years.

“He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates. No one is bigger than the club. The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad. But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.

“Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have. We must win trophies, we must play attacking football, and we must give youth its chance.”

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