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Woodward reiterates ‘belief’ in Solskjaer, but says Man Utd transfers will be ‘focused’ on summer

Ed Woodward has reiterated Manchester United’s ‘belief’ in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though suggested the club will not to be active in next month’s window with their transfers ‘focused’ on the summer.

United have endured an indifferent start to the season with the pressure having increased on Solskjaer following disappointment defeats to the likes of Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Istanbul Basaksehir, though recent results have improved with a run of three consecutive Premier League wins.

The Norwegian has also guided the Red Devils to the brink of qualification to the knockout stages, United sitting top of a difficult-looking group containing Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig and needing just a point from a final fixture against the latter to book their place in the last 16.

Solskjaer’s position has often been questioned throughout his tenure at Old Trafford with the club remaining in a transitional phase, though Woodward has once again backed the 47-year-old as the right man to bring success to the club.

Woodward also spoke on the club’s transfer strategy moving forward and says recruitment will be largely focused on the summer windows, following a close season that brought in the likes of Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles.

“What happens on the field is clearly our top priority, and while it’s not the same without fans in the stadium, we’ve seen lots of highs since our last meeting in April, with that 14-game unbeaten run to finish third in last season’s Premier League run and great wins against PSG and RB Leipzig on our return to the Champions League this season,” Woodward said at a recent fans forum.

“Of course, we recognise there’s more hard work ahead to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies. But we see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players.

“I told this forum back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic. I believe we’ve delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over €200m since summer 2019 – more than any other major European club over that period.

“We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows.”

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