Woodward says Solskjaer can help Man Utd achieve "priority" in telling statement

Ed Woodward thinks Manchester United can achieve its "top priority" of success despite their reluctance to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There have been increased calls for United to wield the axe on their Norwegian manager after suffering defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Red Devils are in dire form, winning just one of their last six Premier League matches, which has seen them drop to sixth in the table.

But now, the Mirror reports United chief Woodward is urging supporters to stand by Solskjaer.

He said: "While these financial results today demonstrate our resilience through the pandemic, our top priority is success on the pitch.

"The manager, players & everyone at the club are determined to achieve that objective."

After guiding United to second-place the previous campaign, Solskjaer was handed a bumper new contract ahead of the new season.

But after a dismal start, the board are already drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements and have turned their attention towards Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers after stalling too long on appointing Antonio Conte.

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And despite leaving his post at the end of this season, Ed Woodward may have one last job to do in finding Solskjaer's replacement.

The 50-year-old resigned in April after receiving heavy public backlash for his support of the proposed European Super League.

Woodward, often depicted as a frugal figure, has been heavily criticised in the past for his unwillingness to splash the cash in the transfer market.

That clearly wasn't the case this summer.

Man Utd spent heavily on the acquisitions of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and most notably five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo but have yet to assert themselves as title challengers.

Having assembled a star-studded squad, the expectation on Solskjaer this season was to achieve a first Premier League crown since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013.

If success is still the "top priority" at Manchester United, the Norwegian might not be around much longer.

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