Ed Wooward Outlines Manchester United's Transfer plans and Issues Statement on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Dec 4, 2020, 2:38 PM GMT+5:30
Ed Woodward
Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has once again backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has indicated that the club will not be extremely active during the January transfer window, but insisted that the board continues to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United have had a mixed start to their season, and with the winter transfer window approaching, Solskjaer has so far refused to be drawn on whether or not the club will be bringing in additional players.

Woodward echoed Solskjaer's sentiments during a fans forum meeting, and admitted consistency was needed to go to the next level and win trophies.

“We recognise there’s more hard work ahead to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies. But we see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players,” Woodward said.

“I said back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic. I believe we’ve delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over €200m since summer 2019 – more than any other major European club over that period. We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows.”

United signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon last January, but failed to get any of their top targets during the summer. They did, however, bring in Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, and Donny van de Beek, but it remained a notoriously difficult window for buying clubs.

Woodward also spoke about United being “at the centre” of discussions about the future of European club competitions, saying: “Most of my time in this regard is focused…on the strengthening of existing UEFA club competitions.

“Other domestic leagues feel the same way, reflected in conversation with our counterparts in other clubs and countries. We expect progress with UEFA through the ECA (European Club Association) to be made in coming months.”