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Man United chief promises financial backing for Solskjaer

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Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has promised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be backed financially to help restore Manchester United’s glory days.

After a glorious start in his dream job, Solskjaer’s life in the United dugout has since been turned upside down amid a barren run of form.

The Red Devils went crashing out of the Champions League and FA Cup quarter-finals and finished a distant sixth in the Premier League and 32 points behind champions Manchester City.

But Woodward has promised to back Solskjaer financially in this summer’s transfer window.

“The strength of our business means we have the financial resources to continue to provide backing for the manager and creating success on the pitch,” said Woodward, according to BBC.

“This as ever remains our number one goal.”

Upon being awarded a permanent three-year contract in March for his stunning start as interim coach, Solskjaer lost six of his last 10 matches.

This had led to concerns that the Norwegian’s six-month spell as United manager may come to an abrupt end following a final day defeat to Cardiff City.

“While the last few weeks were disappointing, we are delighted to have confirmed the appointment of Ole as our manager on a three-year contract,” said Woodward.

“Everyone at the club – the board, the manager, the squad and all the staff are resolute in our desire to get United back to the top of English football, we continually look to improve staff on and off the pitch to achieve this.”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has already fired a pre-season warning to his players ahead of United’s busy summer schedule.

The 46-year-old made it clear to his entire squad he will not be accepting any lapses in fitness during the break as he bids to turn things around at Old Trafford.

“The players have all got their programmes to do over the summer. We expect them to be ready to go on July 1 when we start,” said Solskjaer.

“We’re not going to use the first 10 days to build them up. They should be ready to go. We’ve got a longer summer break than any of the other challengers and we need to use that as an advantage.

“It’s not like a threat, but whoever is not ready on July 1 will probably stay here and not travel with us because we only want players we can use over there.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 12: United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)