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Manchester United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward has praised the club’s’ first-class’ recruiting and endorsed the Red Devils’ ability to compete for trophies with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United received strong criticism during the 2020 summer transfer window after failing in their search for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Jude Bellingham and Jack Grealish were also frequently mentioned as the Red Devils’ top targets, but the former joined Sancho in Dortmund, while the latter signed a new long-term contract at Aston Villa.
Subsequently, Solskjaer’s side had a slow start to the season and exited the Champions League, but have enjoyed a change of luck and are three points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool with a game in hand. looking ahead to 2020.
“There are a lot of positive stats like these showing the progress made under Ole in the last year,” Woodward wrote on Manchester United’s game day program (via manutd.com).
“But they only tell part of the story. Just as important is the work we see being done behind the scenes to build a winning culture consistent with the traditions of attacking soccer club played by young, hard-working teams that fuse local talent with top-notch recruits.
“We are getting closer to those goals as the squad continues to develop following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani.
“Our continued investment reflects the tremendous resilience of the club and our commitment to support Ole, while remaining disciplined at an extremely challenging time.
“As always, our priority is to win trophies and, with the team entering the new year competing on four fronts, we are optimistic about the way forward in 2021.”
Not only will United draw points with Liverpool at the Premier League summit should they win their match, they are also two wins away from their first Solskjaer-era silver medal after reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals.