Manchester United chief Ed Woodward BACKS manager Solskjaer after poor run of type which has seen title cost fall away… insisting ‘the progress made by Ole and the gamers this season is CLEAR’ regardless of 13 factors dropped of their final eight video games
- Manchester United have dropped 13 factors of their final eight league matches
- The Red Devils are second within the desk, behind Sunday’s opponents Man City
- Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says there’s been progress this season
- Woodward spoke as United’s second quarter monetary figures have been launched
- Latest figures present that United’s internet debt has risen by £64.2m to £455.5m because of a drop within the membership’s money reserves which have been hit by the pandemic
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regardless of seeing the membership’s title problem fall away in latest weeks.
United have been prime of the Premier League in January however have dropped 13 factors within the final eight video games, permitting Manchester City to go clear forward of the Etihad derby on Sunday.
United additionally went out of the Carabao Cup semi-finals to City however have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and are by means of to the final 16 of the Europa League.
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward (left) has backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (proper)
United have drawn their final three video games 0-0, the final of which got here towards Crystal Palace
Following the discharge of United’s second quarter monetary figures on Thursday evening, Woodward praised Solskjaer for the ‘progress’ he has made this season.
‘The progress made by Ole and the players this season is clear, and our thriving academy and women’s workforce are additionally including to the optimism we really feel in regards to the future on and off the pitch,’ mentioned Woodward.
According to the most recent figures, United’s internet debt has risen by £64.2million to £455.5m because of a drop within the membership’s money reserves which have been additional hit by the Covid pandemic.
Matchday and industrial income was lower than the identical quarter final year, though broadcast earnings rose £44m because of United’s participation within the Champions League.
The membership consider that the flexibility to face up to the worst of the coronavirus disaster is testomony to its business mannequin, and Woodward was optimistic in regards to the future when he spoke to buyers after ‘an extraordinarily challenging year’.
Old Trafford has not welcomed any followers to date this season as a result of Covid-19 pandemic
‘The return of our fans to Old Trafford, enabled by strong vaccine deployment in the UK and the easing of lockdown restrictions, is no doubt a light at the end of the tunnel in the near-term,’ he mentioned.
‘And while we are pleased about this season’s on-pitch progress and the power of our present squad, we’re equally bullish on our long-term prospects.
‘Our best-in-class digital operations, increased fan engagement, enduring sponsor partnerships that facilitate investment in the squad, the strength of our academy and most importantly – our self-sustaining operating model – will all enable this club to emerge from this crisis in a stronger relative position.
‘While our focus today is on the second fiscal quarter, it is also an opportunity to reflect on what has been an extraordinarily challenging year for Manchester United, for football, and for society as a whole.
Club chief Woodward has been a regular spectator at Old Trafford throughout this season
‘It is almost 12 months since the pandemic began to tighten its grip on the UK and we were required to close Old Trafford to supporters. As I’ve mentioned earlier than, their absence has solely highlighted the significance of followers to the material of soccer, and we will’t wait to welcome them again.
‘However, while matchdays have not been the same, we are proud to have played our part in keeping football going to maintain a precious source of entertainment and community for fans around the world.
‘I want to pay tribute in particular to our coaching, medical and support staff who have enabled this hectic schedule of matches to continue in very difficult circumstances.
‘The past year has tested our club’s resilience and values and I’m happy with how we now have carried out in each respects.
‘Demand for live football remains strong and we feel very confident about the long-term prospects for our sport. In the near-term, our focus remains on preparing for the return of fans to Old Trafford.
‘Initially this will be with limits on capacity, but we are hopeful of crowds ramping back up to full capacity next season.’