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Woodward gives Solskjaer vote of confidence

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Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman and human handbrake Ed Woodward has given his current manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a vote of confidence.

Solskjaer has had a mixed but ultimately disappointing start to the season. There have been wins over RB Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain and Everton, amongst others, but there have also been disappointing losses to Spurs, Istanbul Basaksehir and Arsenal.

United are in a dreadful 14th place, but after a difficult start to the season for most clubs - as they deal with the impacts of the coronavirus and the rescheduled season - it has been a mixed affair. That leaves United just two wins away from the Champions League places, and only eight points from Leicester City who are currently at the top of the league.

Nonetheless, there had been speculation that the international break would be the chance for United to get rid of the Norwegian and bring former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino in to take over after the Argentine made it clear he was keen on a return to management.

Woodward said: “On the pitch, while there is still hard work ahead to achieve greater consistency, we remain absolutely committed to the positive path we are on under Ole as the team continues to develop.

“We miss playing in front of our fans and we are working hard together with our governing bodies and relevant authorities to ensure that fans can safely return as soon as possible.”

Woodward made the comments as part of United’s quarterly financial update, revealing they lost around £30 million due to the impact of the coronavirus. The lack of fans in the ground has hit the bottom line, but with a vaccine on the horizon and Britain’s rate of infection looking to be vaguely under control again, fans could return to stadiums before the end of the season.