Man United chief Ed Woodward’s private opinion on sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid poor form

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is confident that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn the club’s form around over the coming weeks and months, according to reports.

The Red Devils boss currently finds himself under plenty of external pressure to put things right after a shaky start to the new Premier League campaign.

United currently sit outside the division’s top five, with Solskjaer’s side occupying sixth place after winning just four of their eight fixtures so far this season.

The Red Devils have only managed one victory from their last four outings in all competitions and will face an incredibly tough run of fixtures over the next few weeks.

Atalanta will be their next opponents in the Champions League on Wednesday evening before Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

United will also go up against Tottenham, Atalanta once again and Manchester City between now and the November international break.

The club’s lack of recent form has led to calls for Solskjaer, who signed a long-term contract extension back in July, to be relieved of his duties.

However, it seems as though Woodward is determined to stand by his man and give him every chance to deliver a positive reaction before the end of the season.

The United chief and his fellow directors have privately backed Solskjaer to succeed and have ruled out the possibility of pulling the trigger in the near future, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that Solskjaer will keep his job even if United fail to resurrect their form over the coming weeks.

He was heavily supported by the board over the summer months, with the likes of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho joining United in big-money moves before the deadline.

The Red Devils also managed to successfully bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester on a lucrative two-year contract with the option of a third on the final day of the window.

United director John Murtough recently underlined his desire to keep Solskjaer at the helm, insisting that the club’s decision-makers will not be swayed by the frustration of supporters on social media.

“[We] need to keep control, don’t get carried away, don’t deviate from our plan,” Murtough told a fans’ forum last month.

“Ole and the staff are very focused on that. We have a long-term strategy and confidence in the direction that we’re going.

“We believe that we’ve got the talent and the character within the squad to succeed. The Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world.

“Players from abroad and other leagues tell us how [challenging] it is, but we are 100 per cent up for that.

“[We] don’t get distracted by what’s said on social media, which can sometimes create fervour and hysteria.

“It’s part of the modern game, but we stay focused.”