Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2019

Man Utd news: Ed Woodward resignation stance emerges amid Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issues | Football | Sport

Ed Woodward is unlikely to resign from his post as Manchester United executive vice-chairman despite the club’s issues under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils chief has come in for criticism from both fans and former players alike amid the club’s nightmare start to the new Premier League season.

Manchester United have won just two of their opening eight Premier League matches so far this season to sit just two points above the relegation zone going into the international break.

Yet the Guardian say there’s little chance of Woodward quitting, despite their struggles.

It was the United chief who hastened Solskjaer’s appointment as permanent managed back in March.

The Red Devils were ticking along nicely under the Norweigan at the time, famously beating PSG 3-1 in their Champions League tie.

Woodward then decided to give Solskjaer the keys to Old Trafford on a permanent basis shortly afterwards.

But, since then, the 46-year-old has toiled with United going off the boil under his tutelage.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, as well as being a chastening experience, was the latest in a long line of setbacks.

United have won just five of their last 22 matches across all competitions, plunging Solskjaer’s long-term future into uncertainty in the process.

For now, Woodward is willing to back his man.

But whether or not United make a change should results continue to worsen is something only time will tell.

Meanwhile, Gary Neville recently slammed Woodward and the club’s owners for failing in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

The Scot walked away from the job in 2013 and, since then, the Red Devils have sacked David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer could feasibly be next with his United side looking flat on the pitch.

And Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, said: “They’ve cocked it up. They’re responsible for this.

“Poor recruitment, poor selection of managers and then going with them and pulling off them.

“Van Gaal won the FA Cup and then they sacked him.

“Jose Mourinho, they sacked him after two-and-a-half-years when they had given him a contract six months before.

“So they’ve pulled off managers in terms of what would be the threat of it.

“They’ve gone for completely differently styles of managers in Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

“They’ve now gone with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who’s taken the club in a completely different direction again.

“If you change direction as a board every two years and invest £250million along the way in each manager, you’re going to have big problems.

“Manchester United are basically now getting the pain they deserve for poor decisions at board level.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to make sure that the clean up job he’s doing – which needs to be done at this football club for the mess that’s gone before him – he needs to make sure that he is somebody that gets the opportunity to spend £250million that the others have had to spend.”

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