Man United chief Ed Woodward left red faced over Solskjaer comments after Man City defeat

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has been left with egg on his face in light of comments he made about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the summer.

A convincing defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Manchester City prompted yet more questions about the Norwegian’s future after another troubling display at Old Trafford. 

Pep Guardiola’s side were already 2-0 up at the break thanks to an Eric Bailly own goal and a close-range Bernardo Silva finish. 

During the second half, the visitors established complete control of the game as United never looked like mounting a comeback. 

The score-line was not as emphatic, but defeat at the hands of City was not much better than their 5-0 mauling at home to Liverpool two weeks ago. 

The same boos still rang around Old Trafford at full time, and Solskjaer scurried down the tunnel in a similar fashion as yet more tough questions were bound to fly his way. 

The mountain of pressure which Solskjaer now finds himself under was not predicted by Woodward during the summer, who seemingly had full confidence in the 48-year-old. 

“We are more confident than ever that, under Ole’s leadership, we are heading in the right direction,” he said in July. 

That much has certainly been called into question in recent weeks, with fierce rumours linking the likes of Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane with the hotseat. 

The former was recently nabbed by Tottenham after Nuno Espirito Santo’s sacking, which effectively leaves the Red Devils with fewer options if Solskjaer is given his marching orders. 

Still, in a manner which onlookers have become accustomed to in recent weeks, the Norwegian remained defiant after the final whistle despite a bombardment from fans and pundits. 

“David [De Gea] kept us in the game and they scored a goal they always score. They played well and they dont give you opportunities so some praise has to go to them but we were not at our level,” he said. 

“They made it hard for us but sometimes we chose the wrong solution, sometimes the right solution but not the right execution.

“At the moment we are [far off the top teams], we need to get back to where we were at the end of last season. 

“I’m sure when we come back the players will be fresh and the demands will be high but we need to get back to what we were for a while and we have the players to do that.

“We’ve been through this a few times and since the last home game it’s been a very difficult period. Systems or style we need to be on the front foot more.

“I can’t look at myself and say this is how I want United to be.

“I have good communication with the club. I want the best for United and as long as I’m here I want to do everything I can to improve this.”