Man United chief Ed Woodward’s strong comments as Everton draw adds to woes

In the wake of Manchester United’s draw with Everton on Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced more scrutiny over his position.

However, those hoping for a change of manager are set to be left disappointed. 

Ed Woodward already made it clear last month that the Norwegian was the right man for the job, despite the club blowing hot and cold during his tenure.

Manchester United took the lead against Everton through Anthony Martial.

The France international had gone eight months without a goal but, after a neat assist from Bruno Fernandes, blasted the ball past Jordan Pickford.

Yet while United looked dangerous going forward, they then conceded after Demarai Gray outmuscled Fred.

Andros Townsend levelled for the Toffees, scoring his fifth goal in nine matches following his arrival from Crystal Palace.

And though United huffed and puffed, they were unable to take all three points.

In the aftermath of the contest, some fans on social media called on Solskjaer to lose his job.

The Red Devils have failed to win three of their last five matches across all competitions, losing ground in the race for the Premier League title as a result.

However, those hoping for a change are set to be disappointed.

United chief Woodward, who will leave his post at the end of the year, said last month that the club were backing Solskjaer in his mission to guide them to the glory they crave.

“We significantly strengthened the squad over the summer, with the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton,” he said.

“These signings have demonstrated our continued ability to attract some of the world’s best footballers to Old Trafford, and our firm commitment to helping Ole deliver success on the pitch.

“While squad-building is a constant process, we are more confident than ever that we are on the right track.

“This was made possible by the strength of our operating model, with sustained investment in the team underpinned by robust commercial revenues.

“We have been clear in our strategy to build a squad with a blend of top-class recruits and homegrown talent, comprising a balance of youth and experience, with the aim of winning trophies and playing attacking football the Manchester United way.

“Everyone associated with Manchester United can be proud of the resilience we have shown through the challenges created by the pandemic and we look forward to the rest of the season and beyond with great optimism.

“As we review our financial results for the 2021 fiscal year, there is little doubt that those 12 months were among the most challenging in the history of Manchester United.

“While the financial impact from the pandemic is visible, our continued underlying strength is also clear to see and everyone associated with the club can be proud of the resilience we have shown through these most testing of times.

“The most important part of this recovery is the return of fans to Old Trafford and it has been fantastic to see and hear the stadium full for the first time in almost 18 months.

“On the pitch, the team has made a strong start in the league, and everyone at the club is feeling excited about the rest of the campaign.”

So while Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane may be available, United won’t be hiring them anytime soon.

Woodward also made it clear that the Red Devils’ strong financial position had helped them weather the storm of the pandemic.

But he also warned football was at a crossroads, with spiralling wages and transfer fees putting a massive financial burden on many clubs.

“It is not an accident that we have been able to invest this summer at a time when many clubs have been retrenching,” said Woodward.

“This reflects the strong commercial model we have built over many years, ensuring that our spending is always underpinned by revenues that we generate ourselves.

“However, while we are confident in our relative strength, it remains clear that football as a whole faces major financial challenges caused by years of material inflation in wages and transfer fees, exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic.

“We are committed to working within the Premier League, the ECA and UEFA to promote greater financial sustainability at all levels of the game.”