Five things Richard Arnold must sort once he replaces Ed Woodward at Man Utd

Richard Arnold is set to replace Ed Woodward as Manchester United's chief executive and he will be stepping into one of the most pressured jobs in football.

Woodward announced he'd be leavign the role at the end of 2021 following the European Super League chaos in April which saw England's top clubs receive significant supporter backlash.

Arnold is currently United's group managing director and is vying for the promotion against two other executives, though he is in pole position to be the successor according to Sky Sports.

Once the former accountant inherits the Red Devils hot seat he will have some serious issues to address. Daily Star Sport are looking at five areas he will need to focus on.

Solving problem positions

United's summer recruitment was exemplary and their squad is much better off for it – but they still have many problem positions.

They failed to address the need for a defensive midfielder and Paul Pogba's potential departure will only further their midfield concerns.

They are also requiring a long-term goalscoring option – Erling Haaland is top of their list for that position.

Goalkeeper is also an area that needs looking at with neither David de Gea nor Dean Henderson stamping their authority on the number one shirt.

Improve the Glazers' reputation

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The Glazers have been a massive source of frustration for Red Devils fans since their takeover which bubbled over with protests following the ESL collapse.

The legacy of the 2010 'green and gold until the club is sold' campaign still lives on today but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owners remain at the helm.

Arnold faces a real struggle to improve their public image but doing so would be a considerable step forward at Old Trafford.

Help establish fan ownership

One way he can start to repair the relationship with the fans and the club's owners is to help push through their proposed plans for fan ownership.

Joel Glazer, United's co-chairman, said in June: "The club has been in discussions with MUST [the Manchester United Supporters Trust] regarding a fan share scheme for a number of months and has already sought external legal advice on options.

"Discussions will now intensify, with the aim of agreeing a plan before the start of the new season."

That did not materialise and another broken promise will only further harm the damaged situation, so Arnold should take this on with immediate urgency.

Develop the club's infrastructure

Old Trafford may well be the Theatre of Dreams but it is in desperate need of some renovation, with its leaky roof not befitting of such a huge club.

The Carrington training ground is also run down and Women's manager Casey Stoney reportedly left the club because of the poor facilities her team were forced to work with.

The ground has not undergone any renovation during the Glazers' tenure and although it's received a paint job this summer there is a lot of maintenance still to be completed.

United are in danger of falling behind the rest of their Premier League rivals for the level of facilities they can offer and it's about time they were upgraded.

Learn from Woodward's mistakes

The hatred towards Woodward from United fans gradually grew and grew after he took over from David Gill as chief executive in 2013.

Earlier this year his home in Cheshire was even targeted by protestors who caused damage to the gates at the front of his drive.

Arnold will want to build a much better rapport with the club's fanbase than Woodward did and learning from his mistakes will be a good start.

So basically Richard, at the very least don't go along with any future plans to breakaway from the Premier League.

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