Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer what he must do to remain in charge of the Red Devils.
Pressure has been piled on the Norwegian ever since he took over his former club after Jose Mourinho was sacked.
Solskjaer has been heavily backed by Woodward in the transfer window with the big-money signings of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes, who are expected to be joined by new recruits this summer.
But the results must improve as Woodward has laid down the conditions he expected Solskjaer to meet.
“Now, I want to provide an overview of progress towards our number one priority – winning trophies with a team playing entertaining, attacking football,” Woodward said in a conference call to investors this afternoon.
“Since our last call in November we have progressed to the knockout stages of the Europa League; we are through to the fifth round in the FA Cup, and we remain in the mix to qualify for the Champions League.”
United have been linked with a host of Europe’s top players this summer including Jadon Sancho, James Maddison and Jack Grealish.
However, Woodward has cast doubt on making moves for such targets as he wants to add experienced heads to his ranks.
“This season is one of rebuild, with many changes to the squad – in terms of players who have left or gone out on loan; new players who we have brought into the club; and academy graduates that we have brought through to the first team,” Woodward explained.
“This process will continue as we implement our plan and our footballing vision under Ole and his coaching staff.
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“Despite being linked in the media to 111 players in January, our acquisition of just one of them – Bruno Fernandes – is an important step in that direction, demonstrating our commitment to adding experienced, world-class recruits to the exciting crop of academy graduates that are at the heart of this developing team.
“We will take the same planned, disciplined, approach this coming summer.”
At the start of the conference call Woodward paid tribute to former goalkeeper Harry Gregg who sadly passed away last week aged 87.
“Before we proceed with our usual earnings call, I would like to pay tribute to our former goalkeeper, Harry Gregg, who passed away last week aged 87,” he said.
“Harry was one of the heroes of the Munich air disaster and a key member of Sir Matt’s team of talented young players, making 247 appearances for the club.
“To echo Sir Alex’s words, Harry was a man of great character and a true legend at our Club. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
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