Update on Solskjaer's Man Utd future

English Premier League

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has thrown his support behind manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid mounting pressure on the Norwegian coach's job.

With Manchester United having won just three of their opening seven Premier League matches this season, and on the back of an embarrassing UEFA Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir, speculation has been rife that Solskjaer is running out of time to save his job at Old Trafford.

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly already been contacted by the club as a potential replacement for the 47-year-old, who has been at United's helm since returning to the club in 2018.

However, Woodward has played down the possibility of Solskjaer facing the dreaded axe at this point in time, and revealed that the former Cardiff City and Molde boss still has the full backing of the board.

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"On the pitch, while there is still hard work ahead to achieve greater consistency, we remain absolutely committed to the positive path we are on under Ole as the team continues to develop," Woodward said, per AS. 

The 49-year-old chief executive, who has been part of United's backroom contingent since 2005, also shared his view that the club's fortunes would turn once normality had resumed following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We miss playing in front of our fans and we are working hard together with our governing bodies and relevant authorities to ensure that fans can safely return as soon as possible," Woodward added.

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"While the covid-19 pandemic continues to cause significant disruption, we are optimistic that the recovery and normalisation phase is gradually coming into view.

"The club's resilience and our strong commercial business continue to provide a solid foundation and gives us confidence in our long-term outlook beyond the pandemic, both on and off the pitch."

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